Thursday, May 27, 2004

Being Embarassed by your Word Processing Program

A word of warning to the Jurists who use Microsoft Word for their word processing program. Earlier today embarrassing information was found in a Microsoft Word document relating to the SCO lawsuits here in the USA. Here is a link to the article: C-Net Article

The point is that newer versions of MS Word track changes in what is called meta code. This allows one to go through the document to see edits and changes. Obviously this could be embarrassing depending on the subject and what is written for judicial opinions and orders. I figured it would be good to pass along the warning. This can be solved for final documents by using PDF or saving the document as a plain text document. If you are sharing documents between judges then you should know what is going on "under the covers".

There was a comment on one of the technical websites about a Word document scrubber software. I haven't tried it out but since it is the end of the day here in the eastern USA, I figured I would pass it along and let some of my friends on the other side of the world like David Harvey take a look at it. Doc Scrubber

Monday, May 24, 2004

Slashdot Discusses Large Document Scanning Projects

The Slashdot technical news bulletin site discussed various options to the problem of scanning a large number of documents. This is a problem that all courts have or will face. The discussion can be read at: Large-Scale Scanning