OOo documents look different

Erwin Rol mailinglists at erwinrol.com
Mon Jul 10 16:36:07 UTC 2006


On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 10:57 +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Le Lun 10 juillet 2006 10:32, Caolan McNamara a écrit :
> > On Sat, 2006-07-08 at 05:32 -0400, Benjy Grogan wrote:
> >> It's been this way for me since probably FC3 and still in FC5.
> >> Certain .doc files that fit perfectly on one page in Windows XP, will
> >> spread over into two pages on FC.  I think it has to do with fonts,
> >> but not sure.
> >
> > There are a number of possible reasons, but indeed the most likely is
> > simply that you don't have the font that the original document was
> > written with.
> 
> Indeed, there are many reasons why fit-to-page will never work across
> office suites and systems. Unless the OO.o people implement a "fit on X
> page" control which transparently scales text (as WordPerfect had I
> think).
> 
> Much more resilient and user-friendly than manually tweaking something
> till it fits on X pages only to discover it doesn't on the neighbour's
> computer. (and all the modern font substitution systems mean you don't
> know anything about the metrics of the fonts you use, so doing sizing
> manually is going to be more and more difficult)
> 
> You've forgotten the "page designed for Letter, used with A4" problem in
> your list. BTW

I hate to repeat myself but, i was not doing any cross-office-suit
stuff, nor doing A4<->letter, nor using different platforms, I wrote my
documents on FC5 with OOo 2.0.2 and now a few "yum updates" later i open
my documents with OOo 2.0.2 and they look different.

Anny excuse about not possible to write documents on different platforms
etc. not being possible is a joke anyway. When a ODF document is suppose
to be the new hype for document management all over the world and for
all times there better be programs that can actually display the
documents correctly in a few years on different platforms. As it is now
it is not even possible after a few months on the same platform.

And before someone says this is an OOo problem and not a fedora problem,
than it should also display incorrect on Windows and that's not the
case, on windows the documents look correct. 


- Erwin







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