On Tue, 4 Oct 2005 08:26:04 -0500, Deborah Wentworth <debby@CCBR.UMN.EDU>
>I've discovered that ODS seems to work equally well if you name your
>output file xx.doc as opposed to xx.rtf.
>I was wondering if there are any ramifications down the road to using .doc
>extensions for your output files? Maybe there is a difference on the WORD
>side of things that I'm not appreciating yet.
>Thanks in advance for your advice!
The way I understand the issue, here are the facts:
(1) rtf and word doc are different
(2) word has no problem opening and reading rtf or saving most of the doc
contents in a rtf file
(3) you can give any filename and file type to ods rtf statement
(4) but ods rtf generates only rtf files
So, it comes down to very practical choices:
(1) once you open the generated rtf file (no matter which file type it has)
in word and save it as a real .doc, then it becomes a real word doc file.
(2) Or leave it as it is. This will cause no problem unless whatever the
software application that deals with your rtf file with the .doc extention
totally relies on the file type and gets confused. (word doesn't get