[Desktop_printing] [Unacceptable] Hotel reservations - Printi ng Summit

John Cherry cherry at osdl.org
Thu Mar 2 10:49:23 PST 2006


On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 10:04 -0800, McDonald, Ira wrote:
> Hi John,
> 
> Thanks for that plaintext form - we'll all use it.
> 
> But there's another MUCH more important reason NEVER to send
> any attachment in '.doc' (MS Word) format - there are free
> hacker tools out there that insert viruses into MS Word
> documents and there are many insecure SMTP mail forwarding
> machines in the Internet infrastructure (i.e., between senders
> and receivers).
> 
> Thus, when I consulted for Xerox, sending an MS Word attachment
> would result in a nasty note from their network support folks.
> 
> There is literally NEVER a good reason to exchange a document
> only in MS Word format.

Size alone is a good reason to use text (especially for those reading
mail remotely).  For comparison...

Text   -    568
OO 1.0 - 12,789
OO 2.0 - 13,170
MS doc - 10,752 (actually surprised it was lower)
PDF    - 56,268

John

> 
> Cheers,
> - Ira
> 
> 
> Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
> Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
> PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
> phone: +1-906-494-2434
> email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: John Cherry [mailto:cherry at osdl.org]
> > Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 12:55 PM
> > To: McDonald, Ira
> > Cc: desktop_printing at osdl.org; 'tshillin at lanier.com'
> > Subject: RE: [Desktop_printing] [Unacceptable] Hotel reservations -
> > Printi ng Summit
> > 
> > 
> > On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 09:32 -0800, McDonald, Ira wrote:
> > > Hi John,
> > > 
> > > This is a Linux/open software conference!!!
> > > 
> > > Forcing all of the attendees to fill out and return a form 
> > > only in MS Word proprietary format is just plain unacceptable.
> > 
> > I agree with you completely.  However, the world is filled with non-OO
> > users and a .doc format is still the common "office" format 
> > (i.e. can be
> > written/read by OO).
> > 
> > > 
> > > This is a very simple registration form that could EASILY be
> > > transferred in a plaintext email.
> > 
> > Absolutely.  I have attached a plain text form of the hotel 
> > registration
> > below.  This would work just fine for submitting your hotel info.
> > 
> > John
> > 
> > 




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