RE: The Good Side of Word

Subject: RE: The Good Side of Word
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006 17:44:59 -0500

Troubleshooting is *MUCH* more fun when performed
within a logical framework on a reasonably deterministic
system, and Word is not either of those in my book.

I've learned and used more than 14 different versions
of Word on Mac and PC (going all the way back to v1.0
on the first generation Mac, which I used for my first
formal tech writing contract), and the only version I
will still use by choice is Word 95. That was the last
deterministic version (Word 97 had major voodoo
and it's been mostly downhill ever since) and the last
one that used the Word Basic macro language (which
I could make sing and dance) rather than the "universal
solution" VBA language, which still drives me completely
crazy. At this point I have to use Word 2003 for some
things, but if possible I convert to FrameMaker at the
first opportunity.

Just my personal opinion. I know some people love
Word and can't get the handle of the FrameMaker
document model.

From: "Susan Hogarth" <hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: The Good Side of Word
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 17:30:48 -0500

There's been a lot of (well-deserved, no doubt) frustration with Word,
but I have to say, as someone who is a moderately-proficient Word user
but no expert (I can make a TOC, mess with field codes and
apply/record macros, but don't -write- macros), I get a lot of
appreciation for being able to format documents semi-attractively and
beat certain of Word's 'features' (I use that term loosely) like page
numbering into a semblance (however temporary) of submission.

Whew! Longest-sentence-of-the-day-award goes to ME! ;-)

But seriously; isn't it fun when your co-workers think you're amazing
for being able to make the page numbers of a document actually run in
order with no duplications or omissions?

And for those of us who LOVE troubleshooting, Word is a goldmine.
Well, if it's not deadline-time, that is! :-/

Susan Hogarth

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