Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on March 03, 2006 05:44 AM
Let me guess: either you're the most unpopular person in your workplace, you work with very forgiving people, or you're the boss. Many people work on collaborative writing projects with higher-ups who can't be bothered to figure out what latex, xml, and odt are. We receive dozens of<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.doc announcements every day from colleagues we hardly know. If trying to dictate to people what format to use doesn't get you fired, at least it will make people think you're annoying while still failing to win many people over.
I do most of my work in xml, but when I have to send a paper to someone else for revisions, I often convert it into<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.doc because most of the people I work with wouldn't have any idea what to do with any other format. Not to say speaking up about open formats isn't worthwhile, but you do have to pick your battles and be strategic about how you do it.
I'd rather use antiword to browse a few Word documents than send dozens of emails every day to people I hardly know telling them to use another format.