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Re: WordPerfect 8.0



* Carl Fink <carl@fink.to> [2005 Nov 18 13:24 -0600]:
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2005 at 09:02:47AM -0800, Marc Shapiro wrote:
> 
> > I won't give you any arguments.  If it is the software that you like and 
> > not a need for the format, then that is your choice and your right. 
> > That's what linux is all about -- choice!  I will also admit that the 
> > reveal codes option was the greatest idea since the wheel.  I used it in 
> > WP 5.1 a LOT, not as much in WP8, though.  I wish that other word 
> > processors would start using it, too.  It seems like such an easy thing, 
> > I don't know why others have not picked it up.
> 
> I believe it was discussed on this very list years ago for OOo.  Answer:
> they disapprove of it. 

In a way, that's too bad.  "Getting under the hood" is always a useful
feature.  WYSIWYG is fine until what you're looking at disappears at a
keystroke and winds up a page down or something.  Editing the codes in
WP was often the best way to get the layout just right, especially in
WP 5.1.

> Really: the OOo developers don't want people to think in terms of
> formatting, but in terms of styles.  So codes shouldn't matter to us.

That sounds very much like SGML philosophy and this is precisely why a
reveal codes functionality would be so useful in OOo which is
essentially now an XML editor so one could work at the abstract style
level instead of layout/formatiing (maybe I need to spend more time
with OOo Writer as it probably already does this).  I don't do much
heavy document editing these days so I'm not going to lose any sleep
over it.  ;-) 

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