Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2008 23:02 UTC, submitted by irbis
Features, Office "There's been quite a bit of buzz recently after it was announced that OpenOffice 3 was due in September. It seems, however, most people still aren't aware of what's in store. The Openpoffice.org website is a rather scary place. We managed to find this conference presentation lurking in the shadows before running away in fear of mid 90's web design. Here's the best bits."
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by geleto on Wed 30th Jan 2008 08:13 UTC
geleto
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2005-07-06

While PDF import is nice - there is very little innovation going on at OO. Everything that diverges from the MS Office ways is a big no-no.
Take for instance the formula syntax in OO Calc/Excel. It makes the BASIC syntax look elegant in comparison. I know it's necessary for Excel compatibility but this doesn't stop the OO people from implementing their own syntax in addition to the MS one.
I mean:
=SUM(INDIRECT(ADDRESS(ROW();18) & ":" & ADDRESS(ROW()+COUNTIF(B4:B32022;B5);18)))
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and I have no idea what it does.
One nice solution would be to be able name tables, rows, columns and cells. And access the elements as arrays...

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