[K12OSN] office suite interoperability

ahodson ahodson at elp.rr.com
Sun Jul 8 14:55:07 UTC 2007

The same mantra applies to other applications as well (why pick on 
Microsoft only?)
Check http://tinyurl.com/3e4sh8 for a list of other apps that ought to 
be well known as well.
Alan Hodson
El Paso,TX

James P. Kinney III wrote:
> I hear repeatedly "We MUST use Microsoft office because that's what
> everyone has". I guess "lemmings" comes to mind...
> It really bothers me that people who in general will be writing just a
> few pages with a picture or two are brainwashed into believing they MUST
> have an application that will cost each pc more than the value of the pc
> each year in licensing.
> Thus enters OpenOffice.org
> What a fabulous application. Cross platform so Windows, Mac and Linux
> (and Solaris and SGI and...) user can all share files seamlessly.
> Yes I _still_ hear the argument "But people don't have OpenOffice at
> home so we can't use it".
> ?????
> It costs $0 to obtain a legal copy. 
> So the often used rule in K12LTSP is to setup OpenOffice so the default
> output format is Microsoft Office format.
> Personally, I think that is a bad idea. It's just a short term kludge
> workaround to not having the resources to train people in how to "Save
> As".
> But Sun has stepped up and released the best solution - a plugin to
> Microsoft Office that can read and write OpenOffice format files. 
> The file format of OpenOffice is an ISO standard right now. Make sure
> everyone keeps hearing that mantra - OpenOffice is standards compliant
> but Microsoft Office is not.
> Then offer the plugin to help bring Microsoft Office up to current world
> standards:
> http://www.sun.com/software/star/openoffice/
> Be sure to remind everyone that open document formats are just like
> knowledge: good for everyone.
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