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>>>>Wow. I knew folks had already done the filtering before I was ever in a position to do it for retail, but had not realized that the existing filters suck. Hmmmmm.
>>>>Doesn't Open Office do a good job of reading/writing Word .doc files? I don't swap files much, actually, except in ASCII, so had not realized there was a problem.

ILC: It's possible that things have changed in the last three years, but when I wrote a series of white papers on Windows-to-Linux migration in 2000, I tested Hancom Word, AbiWord, ThinkFree Write and StarOffice Writer. All had significant problems with importing Word 2000 documents. StarOffice Writer came the closest to a clean conversion, but it dropped m-dashes, did weird things with list bullets and lost the last page of my 30 page document. Other programs variously didn't support tables of contents, trademark symbols, even the Ariel font.

Going the other way wasn't any better. MS Word consistently garbled documents created by the other programs. (Whether due to the export filters of the Linux apps or quirks in Word I couldn't say.) Even when going between established Windows apps, like Word 2000 and Lotus WordPro Millennium (9.0), each app's import filter messed up the formatting of documents created by the other program in their native formats. That's still true of WordPro 9.7 and Windows 2000 (I haven't yet used Windows 2003).

Mark.
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