Remove ActiveX from LibreOffice
gquigs at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 15:41:14 PST 2016
I missed a couple of posts being off list, and some from Gerrit comments.
>(1)And the cost of maintaining it is currently near zero, no?
I don't think so, it's likely more of a maintenance cost than NPAPI
was. I'm not an expert but it makes our Windows builds more complex.
>(2)As Michael accurately noted, ActiveX is for more than browser embedding.
>It's a generic framework for cross-language modules, which IE simply
>From my admittedly limited understanding (I'm much more a Linux dev)
users can still use the more modern Active Template Library  to
accomplish the same goal. I purposely didn't try to remove any of
To look at this issue from another POV.. If someone showed up today
with an issue with a LO ActiveX control embedded in their application
that didn't work - what would our response be? It's an outdated
technology that we're not investing in.
>My position on ActiveX is to leave it (lest we break applications in the
> wild,) and to *announce its deprecation* with two goals: first, solicit the
> feedback of LO ActiveX consumers and, if so inclined to continue using it,
> help in its support. And second, to flag a date in the future when ActiveX
> will be completely removed from LO codebase, pending sufficient reason and
> support by its consumers.
I'm happy with this. I'd say a quicker timeframe is fine though.
>From the announce, if no one has found an application that uses
LO-embedded ActiveX remove it in a month or something. I expect that
if there are some users they might not hear until the install the
version without it regardless of what we do.
On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Bryan Quigley <gquigs at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> Recently it was decided to remove the rest of NPAPI support  which
> got me thinking about the other Windows specific plugin tech -
> It seems ActiveX is very much no longer recommended by Microsoft and
> it seems to not work by default for IE10/11 on Windows 7 and up. Any
> objections to removing?
> AFAICT this would just be removing embedding LO into IE.
> Kind regards,
>  https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/#/c/20658/ and ESC discussion
> here: http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/libreoffice/2015-December/071504.html
>  https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/05/06/a-break-from-the-past-part-2-saying-goodbye-to-activex-vbscript-attachevent/
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