Re: Star Office

Subject: Re: Star Office
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l digest recipients <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2000 12:54:26 -0700

Anne Chenette <achenette -at- eintelligence-inc -dot- com> wrote:

>Compatibility with Word? It is to laugh. OK, they can view a document,
>but it looks terrible - the fonts, indenting, spacing, bullets,
>numbering, and more are messed up. (For example, a "normal" bullet in
>Star Office turns into a smiley face in Word...) Anything they add
>looks equally bad when it's viewed in Word.

Not that I want to defend StarOffice (personally, I dislike its
MS Office-wannabe appearance), but I've never seen this kind of
problem in over a year of using the software. From what I've
heard, most people don't have these sorts of difficulties.

However, when you're dealing with export filters, anything can
happen. And, of course, the complexity of the document has a
large effect on the success of the filters, too.

>Worse, Star Office is a wysi*NOT*wyg system - the printed document doesn't resemble what you see
>on the screen.

Again, I have to say that my experience is different.
StarOffice's WYSIWYG isn't perfect, but, for me it's been mostly

>many of these problems. But I was unable to find any useful information in the online help or on the >web.)

I know that I've seen at least one book on StarOffice - maybe
from Que? From a major publisher of technical books, anyway.

It also occurs to me that the problems described here (and my
relative lack of problems) may be dependent on the platform. My
experience is mostly Linux-based, and it may be that the Linux
version is better maintained.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com | Tel: 604.421.7189

"At the sick bed of Cuhullain,
We'll kneel and say a prayer,
When the ghosts are rattling at the door
And the devil's in the chair."
- The Pogues

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