On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, spellberg_robert wrote:

my application is to exchange text files, by e_mail,
 with someone who thinks ms products are the be_all and end_all

i am not looking for something wonderful,
 just reasonably competent and reasonably current.
if, in addition to my desired direction,
 i can convert a 7_bit_ascii to a ".doc" file for his benefit,
 that's some further whining that i can avoid.

AbiWord and OpenOffice.org will both read and write Word .doc files. OO is larger and probably more capable of handling weird things to be found in a .doc file. AbiWord is smaller and quicker and will likely handle everyday .doc files fine.

If the files you send can be read-only, consider using PDF.

while 6.2 and, soon, 7.x are de rigeur,
 if it works on 4.11 [ very long story ], that's a plus.

You may find old packages for either AbiWord or OpenOffice.org, but I don't know where to look. For the best support, you should consider upgrading to either 6.2 or 7.0.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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