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On 07/24/2015 01:31 PM, Tom Williams wrote:

Question:  in what ways does LO Writer "fail" at editing or creating "complex documents"?

This where a definition for "complex documents" is mandatory.

Does anyone here have any experience with LO Writer and "complex documents"? 

I've had as many as 10,000 images in a single document. OOo 2.x didn't
balk when I created it. Libo 5.0 beta does have any problems when I edit
that document.

LibO had no problems with an outline that was 50,000 pages long. (That
project is on temporary hold, whilst I verify that GIT backup for LibO
works as advertised. My current estimate is that the completed document
will be 5,000,000 pages.)

I've had as many as 10 different writing systems in one document.
LibO does has some issues correctly displaying them, especially when
they are intermixed in the same sentence, and a Pan-Unicode font is not
being used. (FWIW, when using two or more writing systems that are BiDi,
CTL, or CJVK, use a Pan-Unicode font, to minimize display issues.)

I'll leave the definition up to whatever you would consider a "complex document".  :)

Most commonly, when people talk about LibO's inability to handle complex
documents, they are comparing Calc with Excel, not Word with Writer.
Less frequently, it is a comparison of Impress against PowerPoint.

The major issue with Calc is the lack of an ecosystem similar to that of
The minor issue with Calc, is that Excel templates, especially those
whose MSRP is greater than US$100,rely on both the macro language of
MSO, and various DLLs, and similar critters, that are Windows only.

The perception that Calc isn't up to the tasks that Excel can do, is
because it is trivial to find titles like _Microsoft Excel for
Scientists_, and _Microsoft Excel for Advanced Financial Forecasting_.
Similar titles for Calc are notable by their absence.

Personally, I don't use Impress, or PowerPoint.  My experience in
sitting through PowerPoint presentations, and that user either doesn't
know what the subject of the presentation is, or else doesn't know how
to write a report, or else is trying to hide data that is both
mission-critical, and unfavourable. (IOW, if being graded, the best hope
is for "fail".)

I've submitted on LO Writer bug where Writer didn't handle Word
documents with pages with different page orientations well. 

If one is not paying attention to what one is doing, when changing page
styles, one can unintentionally change the wrong pages to the wrong page


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