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Chapter 7. Copy Flow > What Word Processor to Use

What Word Processor to Use

Although QuarkXPress can import formatted text from several word processors, it can only interpret the styles of Microsoft Word files. (If you have another word processor that uses styles and can save them as Microsoft Word–formatted files, you're in luck too.) Since styles are so important to the proper management of your copy, Word automatically becomes the best word processor for working with QuarkXPress. (Unless you decide to work exclusively with XPress Tags, which I cover in the next section. These can be used, albeit awkwardly, by any word processor that can import and export text-only ASCII files—that is to say, nearly all word processors).

By the way, while QuarkXPress does import pictures contained as anchored graphics in Word files, and can even export inline graphics to the correct location in a Word file, I really don't recommend that you do this because the imported images are always PICTs (see Chapter 9, Pictures, for information on why this is useless). Ultimately, the images would need to be manually replaced once they arrived in XPress.


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