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Word processing is perhaps one of the most essential uses for a computer on any platform. The Linux OS offers more obscure word processors than other OSes; however, few of these apps offer users the staying power of AbiWord. The closest competitor to AbiWord is OpenOffice Writer, and AbiWord, like many other word processing apps in Linux, lacks a fully developed suite of programs such as spreadsheet and presentation apps that rival the functionality of OpenOffice. Still, it excels at processing words and is far ahead of other Linux writing tools.
I have the latest version of Abiword installed on my Ubuntu laptop and on a Windows XP desktop. With both versions, if I copy & paste a web page into Abiword, it just displays plain text. If I paste a page into MS Word, the page is displayed just as it appears in my browser. As Mr. Germain says proper display of web pages is a primary consideration when choosing a word processor, I'd like to know what I'm doing wrong, i.e. how can I get Abiword to display pages properly after a copy/paste?? Thanks.