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The latest developer build of OOo is slithering out: it has, I hope, integrated python scripting, along with a number of bug fixes that I don’ t understand. I have merely downloaded it, and not played with it at all, since I use the experimental version only on the laptop. On the same day a proper manual for OOo/Star Basic (about three years late) has just gone up on Sun’s web site. This is available in an absurd number of human languages. As far as I am concerned, there is only one truly hideous wart left on the program, and that’s the abysmal interface to the find/replace dialogue.

Otherwise, the program now does what a writer needs, and probably enough of what larger and more important markets need to keep thriving. Normal frivolity will be resumed as soon as possible

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