Removing OpenOffice Math from the Office menu

Henrik Nilsen Omma henrik at
Sun Feb 19 17:44:46 GMT 2006


I tried writing some simple equations in OpenOffice Math today to be 
used as examples in example-content [1]. First of all, it isn't very 
good :( It's functionality is quite primitive, it's very sluggish and 
its markup is dreadful. I haven't written equations in MS-Office for 
years, but I seem to remember that even 10+ years ago MS-Word had a 
better equation editor than this. In fact, didn't OpenOffice 1 have 
something better? Can't remember. Anyway, enough ranting about the 
program itself; not much we can do about it now. If you want to do any 
serious work with equations you'll need to use LaTeX or LyX.

My real point is that we should remove it as an independent option from 
the Office menu for the following reasons:

 * The most practical way to include equations in your text documents is 
to work in a text document in Writer and then choose Insert -> Object -> 
Formula. You then get a new toolbar and a working area that lets you 
enter an equation into your document. AFAIR this is also how it works in 

* You would never want to create a separate formula document. You would 
enter one into an existing document as described above. I know you _can_ 
save it as a separate file, but the formula editor doesn't seem to cope 
with plain text very well, so you wouldn't want to for any practical 

* In the File -> New menu formula isn't listed either, so it seems OOo 
itself doesn't consider it a proper document type that you would want to 

 * Finding Writer in the Applications -> Office menu is too difficult as 
it is. Most people who are exploring the system for the first time are 
going to look for Writer first (where is my Word? ... ) Perhaps the 
items should be in the same order as in the File -> New menu and have 
the same icons.

- Henrik


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