This is the first project where I had to contribute on complex Word documents.
The project team has a mix of Office 2007 and Office 2003 and then me So we have standardized on .doc (2000/XP). I'm not sure if there is a 2003 .doc format as well...
The documents includes styles, TOC, cross references. They also employ "same as previous" to keep the headers and footers in sync across the different sections.
I tried both 2.4.1 and 3.0 Beta 2 but cannot seem to edit the document without necessitating final editing in Word. It does not matter if I save the document in .odt format while I'm editing it. I also tried doing the entire document in OO/.odt and then only saving the final version for printing/distribution in Word.
For example, on opening (the .doc) page headers and footers are missing after the initial header/footer. I presume this is an "Same as previous" issue.
Then I also had some issues with applying styles, bulleting and numbering and having that intact when opening the .doc with Word.
My question is if this can be a portable issue? (I'm assuming, not.)
Then is this normal/expected when trying to integrate with Word?
Is there perhaps a better common format that still support styles, etc.?
Any advice would be appreciated as I would hate to have to install Office on my machine and of course losing the Open Source argument with my MS collaegues who can't of course understand that MS is part of the problem...