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I've had a few conversations with him where he's admitted that he's using some old word processing software that's not very good (it doesn't even have spell check?).
We'd like to buy him some software for writing articles, but I'm afraid that MS Word 2007 is too much for him to comprehend, and is likely too much for his older computer.
Does anyone have any suggestions for what would likely work well for him?
Oh, and it's free
[edited by: Staffa at 8:04 pm (utc) on July 2, 2007]
More important, age is not an issue with learning. My grandparents may be dead now, but they never feared learning. One Grandmother got Bachelors in her 80s (living in the dorm) and her Masters at 90+; a Grandfather learned multivariate calculus in his late 70s. The ancestors I've had who refused to learn died young.
My mother, nearly two decades beyond 62, learned MS WORD for her volunteer community work. She recently asked me how MS WORD templates worked. And a day later she wanted to learn how to create them.
In fact, studies have shown that once older people overcome whatever trepidation they may have about embracing computers and the internet, they become among the most enthusiastic users and advocates. I'm just learning WordPress, and am starting to love it. I may be a little slow, but I get there.
If nothing else, couldn't he use NoteTab Pro? It's cheap, very simple and powerful.
See if you can get him a copy of word 95 or 97. They worked well on the hardware of their time, had spell check, and produced usable HTML, unlike more recent versions of word.
Have you even asked him if he would be willing to use new software? Most people are resistant to change.