“LOOKSMAXX” (v.)

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You can collapse the Ribbon, sure—but what a pain to have to keep doing that! When collapsed, you still see the names of the tabs (one each for Layout, Tables, Review and so on) — but, maddeningly, you can’t click a tab to open it. You have to manually open the ribbon and *then* click the tab you want.

In Word, I do all my writing in Draft view — a scrolling, endless page. (Why bother with having to scroll past big empty white margins and phony page breaks when you’re editing on the screen?) But in Word 2011, the spacing of characters in Draft view is so broken, it’s almost unbearable to use. Letters literally crash into each other; it’s very ugly.

Macros are back, which is great. Finally, I thought, I can automate the series of search-and-replace operations that are necessary to prepare my weekly column for use in plain-text e-mail (turning curly quotes into straight ones, for example).

His last complaint concerns conversion to US-ASCII. But his previous two grafs use nospace-emdash-nospace (em dash being of course outside the US-ASCII repertoire), then space-emdash-space, then asterisk instead of markup for emphasis.

Does David Pogue have bigger problems here?

Meanwhile, I can convert text to US-ASCII in one keystroke.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2010.11.10 15:57. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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