“in the 66 courts across Slovenia, the 4400 staff use Apache OpenOffice. It is well-integrated in the courtâ€™s case management system, allowing automatic document generation by combining a template repository with case data. The courts also use the Mozilla Thunderbird mail client, and the Mozilla Firefox web browser.”
See Open standards default at Slovenia supreme courtI cite the example to the right to refute a claim of one of our commentators that M$’s office suite is widely used because folks can use templates… Yes, well, so can users of LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org. I’ve been using templates for ages since OpenOffice.org. I don’t remember how far back that goes but it’s been over a decade certainly. When I was a teacher, I taught students how to do that as a shortcut even for letter-writing, putting in the constant information like sender, date, and addresses. Companies, organizations and individuals can insert their favourite logo, image or motto with no need to retype stuff.
That’s just the beginning. Saving money, particularly for organizations of size who don’t need to pay yet another round of licensing fees, has a huge advantage. With the money they save they can easily afford to manage all their templates and integrate with their databases further extending the usefulness of the software. I did that with report cards in schools, making the attendance, date, grades and various headings and boxes part of the templates. It made printers, not teachers, the bottleneck in the system. If e-mail could replace the printing, the bottleneck would be nearly eliminated.