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Re: [vox] SD West Offer Letter (redux)
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Re: [vox] SD West Offer Letter (redux)

On Thursday 17 January 2002 14:26, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> this was originally a word document attached to the email i just
> forwarded to the group...

Here is some wording that I have used successfully before, when people 
send me Word docs:


You attached to your message a MS Word document.  There are some 
significant negatives to this:

(1) Word documents are quite large compared to other formats.

(2) Word documents use a secret format proprietary to Microsoft.  When you 
treat that format as an industry standard, you create obstacles for those 
(like myself) who are trying to migrate their businesses to exclusively 
open standards.

(3) Word documents are difficult to read if you don't use MS Word, and are 
generally not even portable to prior versions of MS Word.

(4) Word documents may without your knowledge contain information that you 
do not wish to reveal, such as "hidden" annotations or prior versions of 
your document.

(5) Word documents have a history of propagating viruses, and so are often 
viewed with suspicion.

What you can easily do instead is convert to some other format, such as 
HTML or text, prior to sending the document.  You can do this using "Save 
As" under Word's File menu.


-- Rod
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