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William Doerner
I am considering switching over to OpenOffice but there is a very important
feature that is lacking for me to begin using it on academic documents.

Under insert>object>formula, I commend you on the variety of choices.
However, the summation/Sigma/Ea selection only allows for bounds to be set
on the summations.  The integrals should also have the option of bounds.
For instance, I cannot specify that the integration should take place over
bounds x=1 to x=4 instead of being over infinite bounds.  This is very
important for specific integration over particular domains.

Also, in the "Save As" options, can you place the "Microsoft Word 2003 xml"
save as type to the top above the other MS Word options?  It is randomly
placed near the bottom.

While I have not explored the other applications in depth, OpenOffice
products are very impressively designed.

Thanks,
William Doerner
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Re: writer formula suggestion

Sigrid Kronenberger-2
Hi William,

"William Doerner" <[hidden email]> schrieb:

> I am considering switching over to OpenOffice but there is a very
> important feature that is lacking for me to begin using it on academic
> documents.
>
> Under insert>object>formula, I commend you on the variety of choices.
> However, the summation/Sigma/Ea selection only allows for bounds to be
> set on the summations.  The integrals should also have the option of
> bounds. For instance, I cannot specify that the integration should
> take place over bounds x=1 to x=4 instead of being over infinite
> bounds.  This is very important for specific integration over
> particular domains.

When you click on the button with the Sigma-sign and the two placeholder
for the bounds, only the two placeholders are inserted. You can use the
Sigma, Pi or integral sign together with the bounds. (At least, I can
use it in this way in my German version, I think it should be the same
in any other language.) ;)

 
HTH


Sigrid

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Re: writer formula suggestion

Douglas Ridgway
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Hi William,

On 4/27/06, William Doerner <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Under insert>object>formula, I commend you on the variety of choices.
> However, the summation/Sigma/Ea selection only allows for bounds to be set
> on the summations.  The integrals should also have the option of bounds.
> For instance, I cannot specify that the integration should take place over
> bounds x=1 to x=4 instead of being over infinite bounds.  This is very
> important for specific integration over particular domains.

I think this feature is there: the menus are just shortcuts for a TeX
like language. The same instructions for summations work for integrals
too: try for example "int  from{1} to{4}". You can also use
sub/superscripts for a different style.

> Also, in the "Save As" options, can you place the "Microsoft Word 2003 xml"
> save as type to the top above the other MS Word options?

Note that if you want to use formulas in documents which you share
with colleagues still using MS Word, you may have difficulties. You'll
want to track http://qa.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=53223

HTH,
doug.

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