Re: What to do with word documents ?
On Sunday 17 September 2006 15:19, Christoph Haas wrote:
> > 3) In general, is there a policy about MSWord documents?
> I don't think there is a clear policy. But since the format is proprietary
> I wouldn't put it into a Debian package anyway. I would suggest you remove
> that documents from the source package, beg the upstream to release the
> documentation in a proper format and just ship the text files until then.
> Perhaps the upstream didn't want to learn DocBook/XML, LaTeX or whatever.
> But Word is definitely a bad choice - especially for something that will
> be considered a "free" Debian package.
This is of course true, but leads to the following question: is the Adobe PDF
format more open than MS doc format, and why ? By the why, the catdoc utility
could be used to read/dump the contents of a doc file, as a lightweight
replacement of openoffice.org or abiword.
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