Remove ActiveX from LibreOffice

SOS sos at
Tue Jan 12 00:25:55 PST 2016

On 11/01/2016 20:32, Bryan Quigley wrote:
> I propose we add it to the 5.1 release notes (and 5.2 notes too) as:
> Intent to Remove ActiveX support in the 5.2 release.   If this change
> negatively affects your Windows application please email the
> LibreOffice development list with your use case and plan for moving
> off of ActiveX.  We specifically only want feedback if use ActiveX to
> embed LibreOffice components into your application.
I aam wondering if  the ActiveX stuff is used to build COM objects from 
external DLL's ?
I uses (as example) a Windows videoplayer using basic and our API

Basic code:
if oSimpleFileAcces.Exists(filelocation) then
                     MPlayer = CreateObject("WMPlayer.OCX.7")



> If no response, one week after 5.1.2 (Apr 10) is released let's make
> the call to remove it (and update the release notes).  If we do get
> responses we can obviously decide to change the plan as needed.
> Anywhere else we should post this?
> Thoughts?
> Bryan
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> On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 11:54 PM, Chris Sherlock
> <chris.sherlock79 at> wrote:
>>> On 11 Jan 2016, at 10:41 AM, Bryan Quigley <gquigs at> wrote:
>>> 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  It's an outdated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.
>> It probably shows a lack of adoption, but it doesn’t look like anyone actually has reported issues with it...
>>>> 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.
>> Perhaps it should be announced in the release notes, with an actual version where it will be removed.
>> Chris
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