Re: [dev] Sane office alternative?

From: Aaron W. Hsu <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:47 -0400

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 12:51:32PM +0200, Kevin Michael Frick wrote:
> what do you use to communicate with the part of the world (a majority,
> unfortunately) who uses suckish formats such as .doc(x), .od[tspg] or
> whatever? If Office is bloated, LibreOffice ain't slim, and people
> keep sending me word documents :/

Almost my entire broader community uses LaTeX as the primary format. However,
I have noticed that most people are able and willing to use PDF as a document
interchange format for most things now. For my personal documents that need
formatting of some sort or another I tend to prefer using something like the
Heirloom Documentation Tools, which is a troff with UTF-8 and OTF support.

So, the only real need for docx or the like formats for most people I think,
is when you actually have to collaborate on a document. In that case, I think
you're stuck with one of the larger applications that aren't very great
because you need a degree of compatibility. However, if you can use PDF, I
would use that instead, and if you can do it one better and get them to use
something like plain text, even better.

Aaron W. Hsu | |

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