AK Dave wrote:I think that "NEVER" is hyperbole.
In my experience, formatting USUALLY carries over properly. If the file is saved in OO.o as ".doc" as an MS Office format file (Word, Excel, etc) then the formatting is good (for me).
This is the problem. When I do my work on OO.o writer, saving as .doc, and then when you open that file in Office Word the formatting is always messed up. This would include tabbing, footnotes, and hanging paragraphs for bibliographies. Spacing has also been known to get borked.
The reverse is not always true, opening a file created in Word and expecting it to be perfect in OO.o,
I wouldnt know, why would I create a file in Word if I can use Writer?
but USUALLY a file created in OO.o and saved directly to an MS Office format keeps its formatting just fine (my experience).
This has not been my experience and I can send you four or five term papers which were created in OO.o and saved as .doc that you can open in Office to see where the formatting went wrong. I have not bothered to "fix" these yet, they are saved like I turned them in. Each time I had to submit an email to my professor reminding them that Liberty University policy accepted papers written in OO.o and that was all I had and I offered to resubmit the paper in .odt. In each case they overlooked the formatting, probably because they couldnt be bothered to install OO.o. This policy was changed midway through my junior year and they now accept only .doc and .docx and I was forced to use Office Word to make sure the formatting carried through properly.
If you absolutely positively need to have your formatting be unaltered from one computer to the next, save as a PDF.
Tell them, not me!
When I was last a student, I was never asked to turn in any work in .doc format. I was asked to submit printed work with specific formatting requirements (font, size, spacing, borders, etc) but never told to submit a .doc file. Real paper, the old fashioned way. Saves the prof the trouble of trying to print it out him/herself and maybe messing up the formatting.
You were never in a distance learning program taking classes over the internet. Everything is submitted electronically, even utilizing youtube for presentations! Times change.