[Scribus] Slightly OT: OOo Writer vs. Word
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
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