Re: MS Word question

Subject: Re: MS Word question
From: Suzette Seveny <sseveny -at- PETVALU -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:33:00 -0500

As a recent convert to FrameMaker, I would like to state that I don't hate
Microsoft. I, too, really like Word; but not to create large manuals. I still
use Word, for correspondence, memos, short reports, etc. I like some of the
comments that Peter had:

Peter Lucas wrote:
> I don't dislike Word per se. I actually think it's the best "word processor"
> I've ever used, and I've used WordPerfect (used it for many years--more bugs
> than Raid Roach Motel), Ami Pro (or whatever it's called now), and yes, the
> granddaddy of them all -- WordStar!

> Basically, Word now tries to bite off more than it can chew. It tries to
> please too many people with too many features that aren't used very often on
> a daily basis.

My opinion is that Word has tried to be all things to all people, and the
result has been that while it can do many things, there are some things it
doesn't do very well.
> Supposedly, the next incarnation of Word is going to offer a more modular
> installation, so you can actually leave out features you don't use. When you
> decide you really do want the grammar checker installed, the system
> automatically installs it the first time you need it. I'm curious to see how
> this works, but I have a feeling it's not going to work as advertised. If it
> does, it might reduce some of the overhead in Word.

Actually, you have this option now. When you install, select Custom
Installation, and select only the features you need. Grammar checking, etc.,
are all options. If you later decide you want the Grammar checker, you can
simply install that portion.
> My advice to Microsoft would be to put Word on a diet and stop trying to
> have a product that wants to be like FrameMaker, PageMaker, Quark Express,
> and FrontPage all in one. I guess you could say Word is the Sybil of word
> processors!

Hear, hear!
Suzette Seveny
Markham, Ontario, Canada
sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com or suzette -at- yesic -dot- com
Any opinions expressed are MY opinions.
Feel free to have your own.
Let's agree to disagree
But Please - Don't Flame Me.

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while, I was a suspect.

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