It never ceases to amaze me how a product such as Word can be so easy for the straight forward things but get so messed up as soon as things get a little complicated. I went through what I was planning on being a quick exercise in pasting the plain text in to Word's "Elegant Resume" template but I found that formatting defaults carried in by Window's clipboard were not desirable and in fact, the template itself had some things in it that required adjustment. Next thing you know, Word is crashing every other minute. At first I threw up my hands and tried getting what I needed to get done in OpenOffice but it's word processing application also blows as soon as you need to do anything slightly complicated. I went back to Word and finally got it to behave by walking through all of the table cells, selecting the text blocks and removing all of the pasted in formatting attributes; letting Word just use the default fonting attributes from the template seemed to make it much happier.
Well, it's done for now and posted online. Given how deficient the OpenOffice word processor is, MS-Word continues to be a necessary evil. And OpenOffice's only application that is remotely useful is the presentation (Powerpoint replacement) application.
( Mar 18 2004, 08:40:33 AM PST )