[time-nuts] John Vig elected President of IEEE

Daun Yeagley daun at yeagley.net
Mon Dec 10 17:04:15 EST 2007


HOW TRUE your last sentence!!!   I've had to fight many battles with
presentations used in training classes that were written using whatever font.
Then when you try to present using a machine that doesn't have that particular
font installed, you get a HUGE mess!  We've even tried going to embedding fonts
in the presentations, but even that doesn't always work.
I just did some training for the Air Force, so I had to use one of their
computers, since it was part of a really nice classroom setup complete with rear
projection.  However, they had very few fonts on that machine, and it made some
of this slides, especially ones with formulas on them, total gibberish.  Talk
about throwing you off guard!  I'd review the material in my hotel room the
night before, but when I put the questionable slides up, it would totally
confuse me.  As a result, my student evaluations weren't so hot.  (one commenter
said "the instructor seemed like he was "winging it"").  I might as well have


-----Original Message-----
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf
Of Chuck Harris
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 4:43 PM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] John Vig elected President of IEEE

Bruce Griffiths wrote:

>>> I wish somebody could make a pdf of that, I don't have (and don't
>>> want!) access to Powerpoint[1].
>> Sure you do, it is called: "OpenOffice.org" ;-)
>> -Chuck Harris
> Chuck
> That method isnt always very successful especially when newer versions
> of powerpoint are used to generate the slides.
> For this particular powerpoint file OpenOffice renders some text on at
> least one page unreadable.
> In the case of html pages (at least with Linux or FreeBSD) converting to
> pdf files can be done by first printing to a postscript file and then
> opening the resultant postscript file with Ghostview and then printing
> it to a pdf file.
> Bruce

Hi Bruce,

The difference you are seeing is because there is no equivalent font, on
your system, to the microsoft patented font specified in this Powerpoint
document.  OO.org makes a best guess as to what the document wanted, and
uses that for display.

Unfortunately, the best guess is about 5% larger in size.

This comes about because, Microsoft apparently didn't understand the
internationally standardized font sizes when they wrote their Office
suite.  The open source folks refuse to adapt to broken software as a
default condition.  I believe if you install the intentionally broken
Open source clone of the True Type fonts, you will see the presentation
as its author intended (+/- minor changes to stay legal).

Powerpoint has its own problems dealing with documents that were made
on differing Powerpoint versions, as does the rest of the MSOffice suite.

-Chuck Harris

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