Re: HW4 file formats

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Posted by William D McQuain on March 14, 2001 at 17:19:01:

In Reply to: HW4 file formats posted by Jim won't touch MS Word with a 10-foot pole Smith on March 14, 2001 at 16:30:09:

: Word format won't work for those of us who aren't
: operating-system-impaired,

I'm not going to engage in a religious debate regarding OS choice, but that's an ignorant statement. And yes, I have and do use Unix as well.

and plain text with an
: ASCII art class diagram will be mutilated unmercifully
: when opened in Word.

Depends upon the choice of font.

: Since the TAs didn't actually edit the files we
: submitted last time and sent back a separate grading
: sheet, is there any harm in submitting in a format
: that Word can't edit (such as PDF, which is at least
: halfway-standard, and supported by every platform that
: can run GhostScript)?

: I know that the spec says it must be editable by Word,

Yep, and that's what it means.

: but I've never been one to stick to the spec ;) Along
: those lines, can PDF be added as a file format for
: future specs?

Nope. There's no reason the TAs should have to mess with variant formats. I picked Word because it's universally available in the labs on campus, so everyone has access to it, and the Word drawing tools are entirely adequate to do structure charts and simple UML diagrams.

: Thanks,
: Jim

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