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    WinXP-Word 2000 (SP3)

    Our firm is still on Office 2000 with a very small number outside of our I.T. department on Word 2003. We are also switching from Hummingbird DocsOpen 3.9.6 (build 77) to Hummingbird DM5 (about 85% complete). Our word processing department use Word 2003 only to try to open and/or repair corrupt documents.

    We are considering the merit of switching our WordPro group over to Word 2003 which is certainly more robust than 2000 and then, until the entire firm is switched to 2003, saving any documents down to Word 2000 so that when these documents are sent back to the lawyers and/or outside the firm no one should experience difficulty in opening the documents. Can anyone think of any possible problems we might run into other than this one? When documents are produced by our WordPro group would there be any likely issues experienced by non-Word 2003 users in our firm? BTW we would be following recommended best practices in customizing normal.dot for 2003. Hope info provided is sufficient and thanks in advance for any input at all. Cheers, Paddy

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    Re: WinXP-Word 2000 (SP3)

    Word 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 use the same file format, there is no need to convert.
    Among the features that have changed since Word 2000 are:
    - WordArt and Organization Chart have been enhanced and are integrated better within Word.
    - Diagrams are a new feature.
    - Mail merge has a new default way of connecting to the data source: OLE DB; the 'old' methods are still available.
    It is best to avoid these new features for documents that have to be shared with Word 2000 users, although documents using them should still open.

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    Re: WinXP-Word 2000 (SP3)

    Oh thanks - that's good to know. I appreciate the feedback, especially commentary on OLE DB and mail merges. We are finding the data source pretty much has to be in Native Word - that is, outside of our document management system to be able to do a DM mail merge (which I don't understand!)].

    <big><font face="Georgia"><font color=448800>Cheers, Paddy</font face=georgia> </font color=448800> </big>

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    Re: WinXP-Word 2000 (SP3)

    Word 2002-2003 offer new interface features (such as the Task Bar and displaying tracked changes in "balloons") and changes to the VBA-programmable object model. However, I can't think of very many new features that involve changes in the document itself. So you should not need to save the document in a special way, but to ensure consistent (mis)behavior you could use Tools>Options..., Compatibility to have Word 2002-2003 handle tables a bit more similarly to Word 2000.

    One feature that did not exist in Word 2000 was the "style separator." Prior to Word 2002, if users wanted text in two different styles to appear on the same line, the trick was to select and apply the hidden text attribute to the "paragraph mark" separating the text. This workaround still could be used in Word 2003 to maintain backwards compatibility with Word 2000.

    Word 2002-2003 offer new metadata privacy features. Preferences set in the Options dialog in Word 2002-2003 for these feature will not be available in the Options dialog for Word 2000, nor would they take effect. They might, however, survive the round trip back to Word 2002-2003.

    You might find some other items here: Description of new features in Word 2002 (MSKB 288725)

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    Re: WinXP-Word 2000 (SP3)

    Much appreciated

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