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"Phil Hibbs" <> wrote in message
Ian Lynch:
And of course there is the
argument that without certain features some of the large public sector
switches might not have happened.

Back in my teens, my dad and I wrote a Basic interpreter for the PC
based on the Acorn BBC Micro dialect. We went to a computer show, and
I lost count of the number of people who just asked "Is it 100%
compatible?", and when I said "no, but...", they just laughed and
walked off. It's a hard barrier to break through - there are plenty of
people who will say "It doesn't have feature X therefore we'll stick
with Microsoft". Sometimes it's features that can be worked around,
such as only allowing one AutoFilter in a workbook, but someone will
use that as an excuse for declaring a show-stop.

A portable version would (a) have all the features and (b) be a first, albeit small step towards modularisation because it would free the code from dependencies on things like the Windows Registry.

Harold Fuchs
London, England

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