188.8.131.52. General use of office documents
Try to limit the use of office documents for the purposes they
were meant for: the office.
An example: it drives most Linux users crazy if you send them a
mail that says in the body something like: "Hello, I want to tell you something, see attach",
and then the attachement proves to be an MS Word compatible
document like: "Hello my friend, how is your
new job going and will you have time to have lunch with me
tomorrow?" Also a bad idea is the attachment of your
signature in such a file, for instance. If you want to sign
messages or files, use GPG, the PGP-compatible GNU Privacy Guard or SSL (Secure Socket Layer)
These users are not annoyed because they are unable to read
these documents, or because they are worried that these formats
typically generate much larger files, but rather because of the
implication that they are using MS Windows, and possibly because of
the extra work of starting some additional programs.