RE: Could be "Why Open Office kicks MS Word's butt"

Subject: RE: Could be "Why Open Office kicks MS Word's butt"
From: "Sarah Stegall" <siliconwriter -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:59:25 -0800

The biggest flaw in OO is its ridiculously inept numbering features. This
"feature" is buggier than South Florida in May.

Seriously, this is a deal breaker. I write engineering documentation; my
users absolutely demand the outline type numbering they are used to (section
1, subsection 1.1, subsubsection 1.1.1, etc.). I have literally spent days
trying to get an otherwise flawless document in OpenOffice to correctly
number the headers in my document. Folks, this is simply a matter of
counting. You don't get any more basic when it comes to computer
programming, yet somehow the OpenOffice developers are unable to master this
feature. I have had to take several very important documents BACK into MS
Word just so I can get the blasted numbers right; it's that or hand-number
them in OO. Although this problem comes up frequently in the OO forums, it
has NOT been fixed even in the latest release, despite claims to the

I think this is an example where a corporate/capitalist enterprise works
more efficiently than a loose collection of dedicated volunteers: there is
no incentive in the latter to knuckle down and actually fix the things that
are wrong. If the fix involved is long, difficult and boring, why do it? A
capitalist enterprise, which MUST please its customers, has every incentive
to require showstopping bugs to be fixed.

Very frustrated


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