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Hi Jim,

I'm not convinced that anyone is actually using the ActiveX
functionality to embed other applications into LibreOffice, AFAICT no
one has mentioned it actually currently working.  Nor has anyone said
they want to work on it.

Having said that I will go ahead with marking it deprecated but *not*
specifying a time to remove it.  This way we give people possibly more
notice but also enable some future developer to remove the support.
In a way, we table the decision on timing until we have more data.

I'm also going to see about modifying the Windows installer to warn in
some way about ActiveX support.

Kind regards,

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 1:36 AM, James E Lang <> wrote:
But Bryan, Rick is pointing out that ActiveX usage is not limited to
browsers only. If its usage is deprecated then I assume there is a
functionally equivalent alternative but the *effective* life cycle of
applications that use ActiveX is almost certain to stretch past the start of
LO 6.

I would define effective life cycle of an application as being AT LEAST two
half lives of the application beyond the first release of the application
that replaces the final LEGITIMATE release with an 18 month minimum (36
months if there is no subsequent application update release).

All support for Windows XP has been discontinued by Microsoft yet many
computers still use it. Requiring a Windows XP upgrade to support EXISTING
functionality in LO is quite possibly premature even now.

Depreciation means to me that products should cease requiring use of
something in ongoing development cycles but that for its effective life
cycle its use WRT previously developed programs will not be abridged.

I'm told that ActiveX has been a security nightmare since it was first
released. That's probably a better reason to not support it than citing its
depreciation status.

I realize that on volunteer projects such as LO such standards are a bit of
a burden but they warrant at least a nodding recognition.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan Quigley <>
To: "Rick C. Hodgin" <>
Cc: Chris Sherlock <>, Ashod Nakashian
<>, libreoffice <>
Sent: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:27
Subject: Re: Remove ActiveX from LibreOffice

Hi Rick,

ActiveX is deprecated by Microsoft and will be less useful (or not at
all) on newer MS browsers.  I'm unsure if it ever worked (or was
supposed to) let you embed ActiveX controls into LibreOffice itself.

Kind regards,

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM, Rick C. Hodgin
<> wrote:
Why are you removing ActiveX from LibreOffice? Excel supports it, and it
desirable for integration with Windows apps like C#, Visual Basic, Visual
FoxPro. It allows those other apps to integrate the app directly into

I have tried to use it previously, but could not find documentation for
If it's an unused feature, I'd suggest that's why than for other reasons.

Best regards,
Rick C. Hodgin

-------- Original Message --------
From: Chris Sherlock
Sent: Mon, 11/01/2016 08:21 PM
To: Ashod Nakashian
CC: libreoffice ; Bryan Quigley
Subject: Re: Remove ActiveX from LibreOffice

That sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Out of interest, just how “integrated” is this with the code? If someone
wanted to create an external project on GitHub or some place like this,
would it be feasible?

I guess I’m trying to understand how much of core it touches… to
an ActiveX control outside of the main tree, would a developer need to
LibreOffice entirely, or could they maintain their codebranch entirely
seperately and update the control if necessary after we do our changes to
the main codebase?

I’m definitely for removing all vestiges of ActiveX from LO, but the more
think about it the more I can see that some corporation somewhere might be
affected, far more so than the remove of NPAPI… giving them the option of
control that can be maintained outside of the main project would be nice


On 12 Jan 2016, at 9:37 AM, Ashod Nakashian <> wrote:

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 2:32 PM, Bryan Quigley <> wrote:

Anywhere else we should post this?

Ideally the note would show up unintrusively upon loading/using the
itself. Unfortunately we can't show a message box or some such UI, in case
the ActiveX is used non-interactively (in which case it'd block forever,
becoming unusable).

So the next best thing to do is include the note in the installation,
should be hard to miss if made prominent (unless automated in silent

This would get the attention of possibly the users, if not the developers
(who might not even test out new versions as they come out, and expect
things to work as before). Users can contact developers, I expect, or at
least plan accordingly. Regardless, all we want is to give advance warning
before the day someone installs a newer version and be met with the
of missing ActiveX altogether.

The installation and release notes seem to be the most reasonable places,
not upon using the ActiveX itself. Unless others have better ideas.

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