Why not to use Word Documents

I find myself in eternal battle with people who insist on sending me files in Microsoft Word format. There is no reason for this - it is a terrible idea. Below I list in no particular order some if the reasons why.

Note: Clearly enspried by my thoughts :) RMS wrote something on the subject.

So next time you feel like writing something ask yourself if Notepad (or emacs - the super text editor/operating system for technical types) might not be a better choice, or at least consider Star Office before you go out and buy Office XP, think of that promotion you'll get by saving hundreds of pounds.

Jonathan Riddell 19 November 2001
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