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Hi :)
I agree with that.

However, even with MS Office i have very rarely met anyone in any of the
offices i've worked in ever found anyone able to write or edit macros, even
using their macro-recorder.  We have run tons of training programmes for
people and sent people off to external training courses and none of them
understand macros.  The couple of times i have seen macros being used they
have been created by people outside the organisation and the organisation
has then been locked-in to using a specific version of MS Office.  For the
1 or 2 where i had been able to reach the external consultant who wrote the
macros they did have coding skills and could have written the same thing in
a couple of different languages but were restricted by the brief.

I've also been sent documents that appear to have macros or link to
data-sources but those macros don't appear to do anything.  They just give
the impression that i need to run them in order to see the document but
actually nothing seems to happen.

Just because a thing is easy or easier doesn't mean it can be done.  Also
it doesn't mean it should be done.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 25 July 2014 16:19, M. Fioretti <> wrote:

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:12:36 PM +0100, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I feel that going with Extensions is better than doing macros.  It
seems to affect LO in a more general way rather than 1 document at a

yes (and I agree with everything else you said) but... going with
extensions is something that only what, 0.00001% of office suite users
know how to do?

for most people, the choice between:

- learning to write real extensions (assuning they do HAVE the skills)
- waiting that somebody writes them
- writing themselves a quick and dirty macro that does almost
  everything they need

is a total no brainer, isn't it? That's why I ask about "macro
interoperability". The less macros there are the better, sure, but
let's have a clear idea of what is possible, or should be avoided.


M. Fioretti         

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