Re: apple MSWord files
On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 09:18:12AM -0800, Vineet Kumar wrote:
> * Dan Griswold (email@example.com) [031220 06:55]:
> > Matt Price <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > A student has sent me a paper as an email attachment. It's an
> > > MSWord document -- which should be fine, since OOo and AbiWord and
> > > KWord all open MS docs -- but it comes from a Mac, I'm assuming a
> > > pre-osX mac. Mutt tells me it's of type: application/x-macbinary
> > > anyway, I can open the file in OpenOffice, but it's a total mess --
> > > control characters everywhere, illegible garbage top and bottom, no
> > > footnotes.
> > > Is there, then, a general strategy for dealing with these icky MacOS
> > > files?
> > I've had this problem, too. I decided that the Linux-based converters
> > had not been programmed to handle these early Mac formats. My only
> > solution was to have someone save the file either in a current MSWord
> > format or in something open or quasi-open, such as HTML or RTF.
> Of course, if you're in a position to do so (accepting applicants'
> resumes, students' papers, etc.) flat-out refusal of all non-free file
> formats is a good way to go. Many times, unfortunately, we find
> ourselves not in this position, but one in which non-free "de-facto
> 'standards'" must be accepted. IMO, closed data file formats are the
> worst threat to free computing today. It's the case in which not only
> are users restricted in the usual ways of non-free software (not being
> able to perform security audits / bug fixes on their important
> applications' source), but indeed their own data are kept locked away
> from them in little black boxes. This is an effect which must be
> countered at every turn.
with you there!
> good times,