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What do people think is the best format to post a doc in (assuming just a text document, not a spreadsheet or PPT or what-not)? On the one hand, not everyone has MS-Word, or the same version. Word readers are available, but I don't know if they are available for all platforms. PDF's OTOH are somewhat universal, but they don't allow editing of the content.

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OpenOffice.org.

Cross-platform and free.
 
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I definitely prefer pdf. You can be sure that the formatting of a pdf will be correct, and that just about everyone will be able to read them.
 
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I'll second the idea of PDF. Word docs just grate on my nerves (and you need more complex, if not more expensive software to view them). And yes, I know about word viewers.
 
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more expensive software to view them

What? Free vs Free... how is that more expensive?
 
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If someone wants to edit your work, they can get the source from you.

And buy a copy of Acrobat for $300. Is there any free PDF stuff I'm not aware of?
 
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What about RTF?
What about RTF vs. PDF? More universal than DOC, but still edit-able. My suspicions are that people will still prefer PDFs.....


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What about HTML? That should be an acceptable alternative to PDF since everyone has a web browser.....in fact, I'd say it's more universal than PDF, AND has the advantage of being editable.
 
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I'll second RTF as a format that should be considered. If it's originally from a word doc, it should save as RTF with no problems as long as you aren't using advanced word features.

If the file has specific formatting or vector graphics in it PDF is probably the best choice.
 
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I *strongly* prefer Word format to .pdf. Another good option is .txt, if there's no formatting. PDF's are just too tricky to edit.
 
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PDFs
I love PDFs. Tey are cross platform. there are still many of us rebels who use Macs ( the superior computer )
Eventhough our Macs can open most PC files...formatting is often lost etc. Acrobat reader is free for anyone, so PDFs really are great.
 
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OO & PDF
Why not just zip the PDF & the source in OO format? this way everyone is satisfied.
 
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Taraba, you puzzle me. Your first post points to openoffice.org, whcich can create both DOC and PDF, but later you claim you need a $300 copy of Acrobat to edit PDFs. OO.org does both for free.
 
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If the choice is pdf vs doc, I'll take pdf. But if we are just talking about plain text documents, why not just use plain text. You get a tiny file that you can open and print anywhere. Don't use a more complicated tool than is necessary.
 
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The point about pdf is that Open Office will export in .pdf but won't import it. So if I want to edit your pdf file, I need to buy Acrobat. The reader is free, the editor is dollars.

I'd like .txt or .doc but if you have pdf and can take the time and trouble to reproduce a manual, especially in colour, then I'm very grateful.

But if you're just doing a written translation, then I like the option to edit it and save it myself. So any basic text format will do. Ray's point about asking for the source is okay if it's fresh, but after a couple of years, can most people track down the source?

I appreciate anybody's efforts to translate rules, but if you're not sure what you're doing, then please put something in the text to show you weren't sure.

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Can edit text!
Acrobat reader allows you to select the text and then copy it to word (etc). Just click on the "T" button which is the text select tool and select the text you want to copy. You may need to do a bit of formatting.
 
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I've been using Open Office for almost 2 years. Hope it becomes more prevalent.
 
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Free .doc to .pdf conversion is available at www.gobcl.com. I've used the service a lot, and it works great.
 
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Free PDF writer
There is a free PDF writer at http://www.acrosoftware.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp. Haven't tried it myself though.
 
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http://www.acrosoftware.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
 
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PDF - Hands down
No need to get involved with Micro$oft shlock.
Free & ubiquitous viewer, free generation, built-in compression, non-platform dependent. No contest.

Second best is a plain text file, whether from Word or whatever flavor you use.

-creating cross-platform docs for 20 years
 
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It Depends
I prefer a .PDF if the document has a lot of graphics and formatting. Anything else and either an .RTF or .TXT works just fine. I would avoid .DOC completely.
 
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I far prefer PDF because of the viruses that can ride in Doc format. (In fact, because of that I open all Doc files on the Internet in Open Office on a Linux box. Yeah, it doesn't get the formatting perfect, but I don't have to worry that my antivirus software is up to snuff either.
 
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