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Old 01-22-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Location: JHB - South Africa
Distribution: Kubuntu 7.04; openSUSE 10.1
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OpenOffice error bars functionality

Let me begin by saying since OpenOffice is Linux software I reckon this can go here and not in general.

I feel that OpenOffice is shooting itself in the foot a little by not focussing on the issues that would make it better adopted by the mass market. If they can get foothold into academic institutions and get Joe Soap, Student, to use the product it would go a long way to chipping away at Microsoft Office's dominance. If you start using a product you'll probably continue using the product. Hence most people use Windows (pre-installed).

So where am I going with all this? I'm a physics graduate and was unable to use OpenOffice to produce any reports of value (I now use Labplot and Latex to produce my reports and highly recommed both!) even the really easy ones. I don't think that everyone should be using Latex and Labplot though, a lot of people are more comfortable using a WYSIWIG editor.

What does OO need to change? Firstly, variable error bars, this has been an issue [#366] for absolutely ages!! More importantly, no one has commented on the lack of x-error bars. Most of my reports need x and y error bars, OO only caters for y error bars. How can I recommend this product to my students when it won't produce the work that I need? Telling them to just go learn Latex and Labplot isn't the solution either. They should have the choice and be able to work up to that.

Anyway, the point of the post is that I think this is a muchos important issue. If you feel it is too then vote for it! It's issue number 61024 at Also vote for #366, I agree with what one guy said there:
I feel that this is quite possibly the
single most important feature (that doesn't currently exist in StarOffice) for
the scientific community in terms of usability of Opencalc. I know a number of
people that are using Excel *only* b/c this feature does not exist in SO.
(My issue may be a duplicate of 5787 but it's not clear, mine is more clearly defined as to what is expected of the error bars)


Last edited by Phyrexicaid; 01-22-2006 at 03:11 PM.
Old 01-23-2006, 12:35 AM   #2
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My apologies. It was a duplicate issue, don't know why it didn't come up in the search. The open issue is now number 42946



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