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Re: [K12OSN] Open Office



Actually, students in Kentucky have to submit writing portfolios as part
of the state accountability system. Part of that includes audience and
writing domain awareness. If a student were to submit a feature article
without included photos in a typewriter font or a lab report without
included charts and graphs, they would be marked down according to the
rubric.

Plain text just doesn't cut it anymore. If PDF isn't accessible, then we
need to come up with something that will allow a reasonable amount of
presentation in addition to content.

Todd

On Sat, 2007-06-09 at 16:07 -0400, Accessys smart net wrote:
> however if one has any kids in thier class with a disability pdf is NOT
> accessible and not considered 508 compliant.
> 
> what's wrong with just "plain text" or ASCII???
> 
> Bob
> 
> On Sat, 9 Jun 2007, Jim Anderson wrote:
> 
> > I would recommend the OpenCD.  It contains a collection of Open Source
> > programs for Windows.
> >
> > http://www.theopencd.org/
> >
> > The OpenCD includes current versions of OpenOffice.org 2.2, Scribus (desktop
> > publishing), and PDF Creator, among others.  If you standardize on PDF for
> > submissions you will bot have any compatibility problems.  A student could
> > "print" a MS Publisher file or a Docx or Works file to PDF using PDF
> > Creator.  OpenOffice and Scribus both offer native PDF export.
> >
> > Jim Anderson
> >
> > On 6/7/07, Rob Owens <rowens bio-chemvalve com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Give those kids a copy of OpenOffice for home!
> > >
> > > In the meantime, they can download and install PDFCreator here:
> > > http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
> > >
> > > Then they can save their term paper as a pdf.  There are tools in Linux
> > > to strip the text out of a pdf.  The command on my Ubuntu Feisty system
> > > is pdftotext and it's part of a package called poppler-utils.
> > >
> > > -Rob
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: k12osn-bounces redhat com [mailto:k12osn-bounces redhat com] On
> > > Behalf Of Derek Jaques
> > > Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2007 11:09 AM
> > > To: k12osn redhat com
> > > Subject: [K12OSN] Open Office
> > >
> > > Does anyone have any ideas how to open .pub (MS publisher files)  .wps
> > > (MS works defaut) or .docx (Vista word??)  files?  I have a plethora of
> > > students who have term papers in these formats from home.  If Open
> > > Office cannot open them, is there another program that will with the
> > > default K12LTSP distro packages?
> > >
> > >
> > > Thank you in advance.
> > >
> > >
> > > Derek Jaques
> > > Corbett School District
> > >
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