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Am 13.09.2012 05:18, JAMES MAJESKI wrote:
So far nobody has come up with a reason for me to switch to a database where
I risk loosing data if I attempt to make a change to the layout.

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Simply because all you have is a database excerpt in plain text.
You never asked for flexibility. You asked for data integrity (keep the exact same date encoding when saving back to a database file). You do not want to use *flexibility*. What you ask for is automatic formatting on import. Yes, the Base component helps to import database data into preformatted spreadsheets and Writer documents. Base is *not* a database program. First and foremost it is a bridge to import various types of tabular data into preformatted documents.

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