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From: "Don Saklad" <[log in to unmask]>
> a. Exactly what software is used for the arsc list ?
> The arsc listserver accepts contributors' microsoft word formatted
postings.
> The archives of arsc make available contributors' microsoft word postings
in plain text ASCII !
> I am attempting to put together an archive of the current and previous
> full text public notices of committee hearings of Boston city council
> that are distributed by email in microsoft word not in plain text
> ASCII. At the city council web link only the date, location and a few
> keyword descriptors of public hearings are available
> http://cityofboston.gov/citycouncil
>
Easily enough done! Open the document in Word, then click on "Save As" under
"File."
The resulting dialog box will offer you the option of saving as a text file
(two or
three different text versions, in fact) and then warn you "All formatting
will be lost!"
The next best thing is to dig up a copy of Windows (3.x) Write, which allows
minimal
formatting and can open ASCII text files.
>
> b. What listservers anywhere accept contributors' email attachments
>    formatted in microsoft word ?...
>
> c. Or other similar list type software that accept contributors' email
>    attachments formatted in microsoft word...
For other listeners who may be concered about #2/#3:
Whether or not e-mail messages can carry non-text attachments is up to the
person
running the list, who can select the desired options in the list server
software.
Most current lists disallow attachments, primarily because of the large
number of
virus-generated messages (which can be posted to e-lists if the message
happens
to carry a list subscriber as the phony "From:" entry and the list allows
attachments)
but secondarily because of the large amount of "Overhead" in most program
files
(bytes not relevant to the actual content of the file)...for example, a
1-character
word file is 19,456 bytes!
...stevenc