joke: .docx files are acceptable
broke: .odt files are preferred because they're an open standard and can be viewed with a FLOSS program with 100% Compatibility
woke: .odt files aren't good enough because they exclude users who cannot (or don't want to) run libreoffice. plaintext should be used
bespoke: only ASCII characters should be used to maintain compatibility with legacy systems
artichoke: if we move back to pencils and paper, no restrictions can ever apply
new coke: communication is classist
@lynnesbian as usual, I have no idea what half of this means but I love and support you and know this is probably extremely funny like everything you post
@CornishRepublicanArmy i can explain it for you if you'd like, my sugarschnookums
@lynnesbian yes please! you know the only thing I love as much as you is learning
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- docx is the format used by microsoft word. it's closed source and owned by microsoft, so spreading its usage is generally frowned upon by FLOSS nerds like myself
- odt is an open alternative to docx. it does pretty much everything docx does, and it's an open standard, so anyone's allowed to implement and use it. this is a huge improvement over docx in terms of freedom, in both the libre (free like free speech) and gratis (free like free beer) sense
- plaintext files is just, well, plain old text. no images, no formatting, no charts, just text. it's supported by every computer on earth.
- ASCII is an outdated way of encoding text. there are only 127 ASCII characters, and only around 90 of them are printable, with the rest being invisible "control characters" that tell the computer to insert a new line, or beep, et cetera. using ASCII limits you to using only the latin alphabet, arabic numerals, and some punctuation. it's mostly fallen out of use, but some outdated systems might not support unicode (effectively ASCII's replacement), so using ASCII guarantees full compatibility.
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@lynnesbian thank you so much! I knew some of the file types like docx of course but the explanation was great! I love you and you're so damn smart ❤️
@anarchosaurus but there's no formatting support ;-;
@lynnesbian proposal: .zip containing a PDF and its LaTeX source code in a UTF-8 plaintext file.
@lynnesbian WordPerfect Text is the One True Format
@lynnesbian consider: RTF
@lynnesbian Not to break the meme, but MS Office can open ODT these days.
@firstname.lastname@example.org's instance for funtimes