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Mar 18th, 2007, 09:43 PM
I'm posting links to several Microsoft Word documents on my website in order for visitors to download these documents. I want to be sure that visitors with older versions of Microsoft Word will be able to open and save these documents. Which of following should I use when saving my original documents for use on my website?

Word Document (*.doc)

Rich Text Format (*.rtf)

Word 97-2003 & 6.0/95 - RTF (*.doc)

Mar 18th, 2007, 09:49 PM
IMO, if you have formatting that needs to be preserved, post a PDF. If you do have have any formatting that needs to be preserved post it as a web page or an .rtf if you really need to have someone download it.


Mar 18th, 2007, 09:57 PM
If you just need the user to be able to view the files, Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=95E24C87-8732-48D5-8689-AB826E7B8FDF&displaylang=en) can do that. If you’re using Office 2007 though, they’ll have to download the large compatibility pack noted in the middle of that page though.