The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing
I am currently looking for work, which means sending my CV off to various people. Now, my CV is written in LaTeX and is a thing of beauty. When I send it out to people, I send it either as PostScript or PDF. And then, it invariably occurs that someone asks me to send it in Word format.
So, I try to import the PDF into OpenOffice.org Writer, knowing that I can then save it as Word from there. Only it doesn’t work. latex2rtf doesn’t work either, as it doesn’t recognise the style I use. Finally I just copy the text into Writer, format it, and save it as Word. Which is a massive waste of time.
What would be useful is some way of specifying the content in a structured way, and an optional set of suggestions for presenting that content. Wait, where have I heard that before? And indeed, there is the XML Résumé Library, which is
an XML and XSL based system for marking up, adding metadata to, and formatting résumés and curricula vitae. Oh, the joy of creating a functional CV from a (presumably non-functional) CV simply by using a stylesheet!
I once had a boss who claimed that Word was a business standard, and therefore not a bad thing to use. I disagreed then, I disagree now, and in the realm of CVs there are so many more worthy alternatives that it is madness to hold on to a proprietary format.
Posted by jamie on July 1, 2003 13:08+12:00