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Martin -- For encouragement using MS Word as an XML editor and advice
on how to do so ask Laura Mandell from Texas A&M. The rest of us will
try to warn you off the idea.

I, for one, think you would be doing the undergraduates you hire a
grave disservice not to spend the 1/2 day it will take to teach them
XML, oXygen, and enough TEI to do the work you need.[1] For some it
will be a skill they just use to do the job you've hired them for
better. For some it will prove mildly useful at cocktail parties and
perhaps when dealing with tech support. For a few, though, it will be
a life-long skill that will prove invaluable over and over again.

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[1] And you should fee free to use the WWP teaching materials. E.g.,
    see
    http://www.wwp.neu.edu/outreach/seminars/_current/presentations/xml_intro/xml_newIntro_tutorial_00.xhtml
    or, just slides w/o the tutorial notes at
    http://www.wwp.neu.edu/outreach/seminars/_current/presentations/xml_intro/xml_newIntro_00.xhtml