Re: Is there a MS Office to PDF conversion library

Joshua Cranmer <Pidgeot18@verizon.invalid>
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 22:20:02 GMT
AL wrote:

Andrew Thompson wrote:

On Jan 15, 12:31 am, Eeby <> wrote:

My boss asked me to research this question.

Did you dare to ask the point of this exercise?
(Or are you just taking the money?*)

I'm curious why you would consider this any of your business?

There is an implicit requirement on Usenet--we, the responders, have
full rights to criticize the methodology of any poster.

It also happens that, fairly often, the root problem can be more easily
solved by a different methodology than the OP wants to use. This comes
up quite frequently in the case of reflection in Java: most of the time,
the best answer is to use something else.

Maybe the OP's boss is one of those guys who is always thinking and
wondering about stuff like, "gee, I wonder if there's a way to..., hey
OP, how 'bout checking something out for me..." Once upon a time I had
a boss like that and the diversity of assignments was incredibly
satisfying, and educational.

Is this the case with the OP right now?

For future reference, we only know what you tell us about the problem,
and must therefore assume the rest. The proper response for "I need XXX
to be done in YYY way" is going to be different than "Is YYY a suitable
way to do XXX?"

- About all that PDFs are good for is page layout.

What about sharing documents with others without having to consider
which version of MS Office they may be running or whether they even have
Office running or whether their version of Open Office can read the
newest Word document?

I would recommend RTFs, but OOo tends to quickly munge these documents.
In general, a Word 95 document should be supported by anyone who cares.
Hell, MS even has the reference for one of its early Word file formats!

Which leads me to wonder, what was the point of your response???

To point out that there might be other means to solve the unstated core
problem than the way the OP has asked for.

I read once in a guideline for asking questions that the second of these
two questions is preferred:

"Hi, I think I have a hairline crack on my motherboard; how would I check?"

"Hi, I am having a problem with my computer. I am getting random memory
errors, [etc.]. What may be causing these problems, and how would I check?"

The question the OP asked was in the style of the former, that is,
assuming the answer and asking it. I suspect that Andrew was attempting
to glean the sort of information provided in the latter style.

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not
tried it. -- Donald E. Knuth

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