File ? Make your own!
Posted Oct 18, 2006 16:47 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: a little too glib
Parent article: A Question of Choice (Linux Journal)
I don't suppose you would make that document available for others, would you?
I'm not sure I'm entitled to do it: I usually just use october.doc file from the aforementioned archive (this file is sample document included in Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS so we can be pretty sure it's correct Word Document file, right?)... Eveyone who still have DOS or DOS emulator (including Windows up to but not including Windows XP Professional x64 Edition) can grab it and unpack it - but I'm not sure if it's legal or not...
I don't know what exactly precludes Microsoft from icluding appropriate convertor (AFAIK MS Office 97 still had it) but the fact remains: right now Microsoft does not offer such convertor for it's own old MS Word (I think you can probably dig it in some KB article or in MSDN, but the fact is: it's already a challenge). Why do you believe it'll provide such a tool in the future for today's (MS Office 2003) or tomorrow's (MS Office 2007) format ? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
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