Document Interchange in a
What are the different formats?
.DOC (word): works fine in microsoft
word, works poorly elsewhere
.RTF (word): See ".DOC" above. Same
thing, just in ascii markup format, not binary
.WPD (wordperfect): works fine in
wordperfect, problematic importing to other systems
.SXW (OpenOffice): good for
OpenOffice, open specification, not importable to other formats yet
.HTML (web): HyperText Markup
Language: web pages. Fine if your word processor sticks to W3M
standards (word doesn't).
.PDF (Adobe): Supposed Portable Document
Format: a good end
product, not for document interchange or
.PS (Adobe): PostScript, the de
facto standard for end productdocumentation on
Unix/Linux. Not well accepted in the windows world. A standard
in the Mac world.
Excellent for collaboration, not GUI or WYSIWYG (mostly), more
accepted by Scientists and on Unix/Linux.
See also Spreadsheet formats