[Scribus] Slightly OT: OOo Writer vs. Word

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Thu Jun 23 23:38:32 CEST 2005

Interesting article on newsforge:



"OOo Writer scores most of its victories in features that make the 
creation and maintenance of highly formatted or long documents easier. 
This pattern is not accidental. According to Elizabeth Mathias of Sun 
Microsystems, the documentation of OpenOffice.org has a long history of 
being written in Writer itself. As a result, the program's developers 
had the incentive to include the tools they needed. This legacy 
continues to give Writer advantages over competitors like Word.

That is not to say that Writer is a perfect program. Its interface is 
wildly inconsistent. Some features, notably cross-references, can most 
kindly be described as lacking. And in version 2.0, the attempt to 
imitate Microsoft Word hides several useful features.

Yet, despite these shortcomings, OOo Writer is not only as fully 
developed as Microsoft Word, but often superior in terms of features and 

Several years ago I concluded "Opening Up to OpenOffice.org" by saying, 
"OOo Writer outperforms Microsoft Word in almost every way." With the 
release of the version 2.0 beta, that statement is truer than ever. At 
its worst, OOo Writer is an adequate alternative for Microsoft Word. 
Most of the time, it is a superior one. And the greater your need for 
page design features or long document handling, the greater that 
superiority becomes."

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