Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: What's so bad about Word?

Author:Nicholas Riley
Posted:6/23/1999; 7:39:29 PM
Topic:Hidden failure of Win2k
Msg #:7765 (In response to 7762)
Prev/Next:7764 / 7766

Of course word 95-97 (2000?) are missing the non-modal style sheet editing and non-modal paragraph style editing.

Word 6, 95, 97/98, and maybe more. You're dumped into a nest of modal dialog boxes to set up styles. This is because Windows' windowing model wouldn't support the Mac model in 5.1 and later, and they'd lose the cross-platform advantage. I always thought the non-modal stylesheet editing was really cool in Word 5.1. It comes really close to "do by example" because the way you format text is the same way you make a style sheet. MORE does something pretty similar with its stylesheet-like things, and it's also very well done.


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