I think most of you know this problem: relatives that call you at the weirdest of times with a computer problem (oh, noes). Recently my aunt-in-law has started to seriously use her computer to write long essays and articles, but she's continually stumped by Word 2003. There's just so much cr*p in there that she never ever uses, but continues to accidentally invoke or run up against. I always thought Word was a half-way decent application (because I rarely ever use it), but getting to see the kinds of problems she has I'm starting to think that it's possibly one of the worst word processors out there.
So what I'm looking for is a nice, simple, clean word processor that I can install for her as a replacement. There are some requirements, but not many:
- Needs to have a Japanese UI available
- Needs features particular to Japanese text (I actually think it's easy to best Word here)
- page needs to be lay-outable by character column and row count
- vertical input would be nice
- Ruby support would be nice, but not a must
- Needs to run on Windows XP
- Addendum: If there's an awesome Japanese Linux word processor I'd probably be happy to replace her XP install
I think a more recent version of Word with the Ribbon UI would be a good start, but I'm really looking for something that does less, that doesn't have many buttons at all. Any suggestions welcome.
UPDATE: To make it clear: Yes, this is intended for a Japanese person. This Japanese person is an old lady who's very alert but barely knows anything about computers, so the interface needs to be dead simple. Too much technical jargon or "meta-functionality" (e.g. macros, LaTeX/GUI abstractions, templates) is not good and unnecessary. Somehow she managed to invoke the "Record macro" mode, was therefore unable to click on the text and had no idea how to get out of this mode. If the stupid Office assistant pops up with a modal message that needs confirmation she ignores it and doesn't know why she can't interact with the application window any longer.
I'm looking for an app that does away with all that crap, offers only a minimal blank space to write, yet still offers (at least some of) the features she needs.
You'd think this shouldn't be so hard... ;-)