Why are my comments jumbled when MS Word users look at files I have edited?

asked 2015-08-29 21:41:31 +0200

tingram gravatar image

I write and edit for a small publication where all staff members use their own word processing software. This means most staff are using MS Word but I and a few others use LibreOffice Writer. Our articles are all in *.doc format (Windows XP-era .doc) and we use comments and track changes.

Some people are reporting that my comment bubbles are not appearing in the right places when they look at files I have edited. This causes problems because I'm often flagging errors I need others to fix, and if the comment doesn't appear in the right place (it'll end up being attached to an unrelated bit of text paragraphs later) then they won't see it.

This doesn't appear to be a problem in files that have not been heavily edited. From what I gather, it is worst in files that have a lot of recorded changes--which is especially frustrating, because these are usually the ones that are the most error-ridden.

Does anyone have any experience with cross-platform use of comments and track changes that would be able to help? Thanks!

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