[Libreoffice-qa] Another suggestion for LibO developers

M Henri Day mhenriday at gmail.com
Sun Feb 2 16:25:16 CET 2014

2014-02-02 Pedro <pedlino at gmail.com>:

> Hi Henri
> mhenriday wrote
> >  My question is - would it be difficult to provide such an option in Calc
> > ? LibreOffice is often accused of simply attempting to catch up to MS
> > Office ; perhaps including a feature like the forenamed could help to
> > change minds and to put it on quite a few computers used in writing
> > scientific articles ​?
> It's not exactly a new feature in an Open Source spreadsheet... Gnumeric
> already had box plots (and other scientific charts and tests) for years (in
> association with the R project, under Plot Type > Statistics and the whole
> Statistics menu, of which some are FINALLY included in the unstable LO
> 4.2)...
> I think that the problem is that none of the FLOSS softwares and file
> formats are taken seriously under the Windows platform...
> Hell, FLOSS softwares don't even take each other seriously... E.g. Calc
> NEVER supported gnumeric files (although Gnumeric does support ODS) and
> FINALLY the current unstable version 4.2 supports Abiword files...
> To be honest it is not only a problem for FLOSS under Windows... Even the
> vastly superior QPro (part of Wordperfect Office) is an underdog because of
> MS' "marketing" tactics...
> So as usual in a capitalist "open" market it is not the technically better
> Beta video standard that wins but the crappy VHS with the strong lobby ;)
> Just my 2 cents ;)

​Thanks, Pedro - a most interesting analysis ! But my question remains :
would the developers find introducing such a feature into Calc, which, from
what you write, I gather would not be too difficult to do, worthwhile ?
Again, it might not be a bad idea to be able to point to yet another area
in which LibO is ahead of MSO....

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