Usage of ActiveX in Libre Office

Bryan Quigley bryan.quigley at
Mon Jan 30 15:37:55 UTC 2017

To test most* of what I proposed to remove: During Install disable the
ActiveX control.  (Ideally with a fresh install)

AFAICT OLE is actually also separate (but if it's not we don't want to
break that).  It works fine on Linux (and I don't have a copy of MS
Office to test with on Windows).

>ActiveX is more likely a marketing buzzword used for many aspects of the COM technology.
Yes, I've found that a lot.  Not a clear line in the sand for what it is.

Thanks both if you can test!

*We'd still want to confirm with an actual build to be sure.

On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 6:24 PM,  < at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 27.01.2017 um 18:03 schrieb Bryan Quigley:
>> Looking back over my previous attempt, I think you might not be
>> affected.  (In any case COM/ATL support would not be dropped)
>> The other problem was not having good test cases for making changes to
>> the code.  I do note in my original release notes "We specifically
>> want feedback if you use ActiveX to embed LibreOffice components into
>> your application."  Our original intention was to remove the plugin
>> that allows you to embed LibreOffice inside other applications (like
>> IE) using ActiveX.  Without test cases that worked, we weren't able to
>> ensure we wouldn't break something.
> Ah, maybe we were talking about different things.
> Do you mean the ability i.e. to put an LO calc document as object into a MS
> word document, and when activating the object the LO menu appears and take
> over control? I was talking about the pure automation through COM, remotely
> working on LO documents or gathering information.
> ActiveX is more likely a marketing buzzword used for many aspects of the COM
> technology.
> So, no, we don't use that OLE stuff. I can remember from the early days of
> OLE it was slow and had poor stability, so I never used that.
> Best regards
> J├Ârgen

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