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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Open office Calc
Date Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:57:59 GMT
BTW, I received a more detailed note from the user, to my personal
mail.  It sounds like this was an unintentional use of drag & drop
rather than a bug in how drag & drop works.

It looks like there is a system-wide registry setting for rag & drop
sensitivity in Windows:

But I don't know whether OpenOffice follows that setting or not.

I suggest we treat this like an accessibility issue.  Some users may
have limited finger coordination and accidentally invoke drag & drop.
But it will be best if we can hook into OS-level accessibility
settings for this.  For example, we don't have "sticky keys" support
or a setting for determining how fast a pair of clicks must be to be
considered a double-click.  We rely on the OS for that.   If we could
do something similar for drag & drop that would be great.


On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:26 AM, Andris Vanags [Multistate]
> <> wrote:
>> Please disable the DRAG AND DROP (probably called a feature but it's really a bug),
or put in an option to disable it.
>> I've just noticed that I've ruined a spreadsheet that's taken years to produce with
data recorded in it daily.
> Could you say a bit more about exactly how drag & drop caused
> problems?  Did it crash your machine?  Did it work incorrectly?  Or
> are you saying that you were not aware of drag & drop and so you
> caused changes to your spreadsheet that you did not intend?
> It would be good to narrow down the issue, so we can see whether this
> is a bug in drag & drop itself, or something else.
> Regards,
> -Rob
>> Today I've found it's now all crap, useless, irreparable, a total waste of some 7
years work and research!
>> Why didn't I create backups? I did, but the unadulterated ones are (before using
open office calc)  now well over a year old, so all the data entered since then is lost or
patchy/intermittent at best; all the continuity is gone! Thanks for that!   Seven years of
work destroyed because someone didn't have the brains to disable this data ruining feature!
>> I have to revert to Microsoft where this evil feature can be disabled and start work
all over again. It really does go to show that there's a big difference between professionally
produced packages and something that's free or just knocked up in someone's bedroom!
>> If you want to help your users, get someone to look at this abomination before more
work is irretrievably ruined.
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