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From Brian Barker <>
Subject Re: File problem
Date Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:46:38 GMT
At 02:05 22/11/2013 -0500, Doug McGarrett wrote:
>Sent a file edited in OO to a Mac.

A crucial fact - which you have kept secret - is in what format you 
had saved the copy.

>File was edited to Times Roman 14 point, double spaced, justified. 
>When the Mac owner opened the file, it was unusable.

Anyone wishing to edit your material further would not need to 
specify double spacing (or font and size): they could apply that 
formatting easily themselves.  The only reason would be if they 
wanted to print it as it was and use the hard copy for editing.  In 
this case, you can export a copy of your document to PDF and send 
that: everyone should be happy.

>He sent me this:
>"On closer examination and trying to import the ISGA article into 
>Pagemaker I found the following problems:

Anyone laying out an article (for a periodical or journal?) will want 
to apply formatting themselves according to the publication's style 
and standards.  What they need is just the text of your article.  You 
may well want to use a word processor to prepare your work - in order 
to utilise a spelling checker and so on - but you might well then 
save a plain text copy to submit to the publisher.  If you need to 
mark the occasional word or symbol as italic say, you can use text 
markup - like HTML but not necessarily using exactly those tags.

You could send plain text and PDF, of course.

>I will attach the file here, if attachments are permitted.

Nothing distributed.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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