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Re: [Fsfe-uk] E-envoy and Open file formats

From: Mike Taylor
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] E-envoy and Open file formats
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:58:10 +0100

> Date: 01 Aug 2003 14:58:52 +0100
> From: ian <address@hidden>
> Just had an E-mail from the E-envoy's office after pointing out that
> just making files available on Gov sites using Word was not on.
> Encouragingly they said they agreed and were now discussing ways of
> getting round this. I suggested using OO.org on some test sites and
> volunteered to convert some files from Word for them if they wanted.
> If we can get OO.org versions of files even alongside Word for
> downloads it will be a big step forward.

Hmm.  I am encouraged by the E-Envoy's response, but I don't see that
OO.org files are a step forward at all.  To read them, you need
OpenOffice.  But if you have OpenOffice, you can also read MS .doc
files.  So a real step forward would be to use a format such as HTML
or possibly PDF that _everyone_ can use.

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