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Linux Journal: Ooo Off the Wall: Fielding Questions, Part 1--The Basics

Feb 03, 2005, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Many OpenOffice.org users have a love-hate relationship with fields. On the one hand, they hardly can avoid using them. Items such as page numbers and bullet lists use fields automatically to eliminate corruption while editing. On the other hand, fields can be difficult to grasp. More than one new user has been alarmed by the gray backgrounds used by default to display fields in Writer and needed to be reassured that the backgrounds don't print. More experienced users may be nervous because fields are associated with difficult concepts, such as conditions, data sources and mail merges. And this nervousness is not reduced by the help system, which often fails to explain these concepts at a beginner's level..."

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