Re: Word/Weird: inconsistency?

Subject: Re: Word/Weird: inconsistency?
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 21:38:13 -0400

"Hart, Geoff" wrote:
> Peter called me on my statement that "Most of us have a love/hate
> relationship with the software... part of the problem is that Word is such a
> fine tool for writing, and it's deeply frustrating to encounter all the
> glitches that periodically rise up and bite us". <<I'm baffled by your
> posting. It is logically inconsistent to say Word is a fine tool for
> writing, but if you use it you will encounter glitchesand frustrations.>>
> "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am vast, and
> contain multitudes." (Or something like that... some day I'll hunt down the
> actual quote.)
> Actually, Peter, there's no contradiction whatsoever. Nothing's perfect, and
> claiming that liking something despite its imperfections is inconsistent is
> <ahem> logically inconsistent with reality. Based on my experience to date,
> Word is far nearer to that elusive ideal than WordPerfect, at least from my
> own very subjective viewpoint of finding myself far more productive using
> it. (And that's speaking as someone who only broke down and bought Word for
> my Mac after close to 10 years of using WP.)

For a short document Word is OK. Try a long document, (20-35 pages,)
with cross referencing, tables, numbered paragraphs in multiple styles,
three levels of tables of authorities and an index. Word will drive you
nuts. Just my NVHO.


Arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig.
You soon realize they both enjoy it.

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