Friends know me as a Linux and open source evangelist and might be wondering if I’ve switched to the dark side. I assure everyone I haven’t. For several months I’ve been supporting a self-directed class on Microsoft Word and I decided it was time that I learn Word more in-depth. Part of the reason I made this decision was because I found students struggling with errors in the book, omissions, and sometimes a lack of sufficient explanation. The other reason I want to get to know Word more in-depth is to make a more informed comparison between it and LibreOffice Writer.
When I went to University of Waterloo I was going to ask for an exemption from CS100 based on years of experience doing computer consulting and working for other computer companies (Simcoe Computer Consultants – now defunct). By the end of the course I was glad I didn’t ask for the exemption because I learned a few new things that made the course worthwhile. Sometimes just learning one or two productivity things makes the effort to learn something new worthwhile.
Now I get bored easily by most computer manuals. I find them slow going and really boring to read (give me sci-fi or fantasy fiction any day). I’m not making any promises, but I hope to make this into a small mini-series of articles about Word.