Hey mark_oz, You may be hitting on the most important point
May 28, 2006
9:56 AM EST
|Mark_oz suggests in his post that Microsoft's Alan Yates try Abiword if he thinks OpenOffice (instead of, ahem, OpenDocument) is too slow.
Brilliant response! More brilliant than it seems at first glance, in fact.
The very essence of OpenDocument is that the document becomes more important than programs used to work with it.
Therefore, if you want to do a light quick and easy, or, perhaps, make a lightweight word processor available to people with relatively simple editing needs, use (or supply them with AbiWord or Kword, what have you.
Have a core group who need heavy duty tools? Let them use OpenOffice or -- presuming that Microsoft is not stupid and, when the writing is plainly on the wall, supports OpenDocument -- MS Office, or whatever tool presents itself.
The thing is, a well-documented, well-understood format frees the tool makers to create the tools that people need for the work they do. No more one-size-fits-all needed. Everybody will be able to work together, user each other's documents, etc.
What a grand thing that will be.
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