Advice for developing in python with Microsoft Office?

John J. Lee jjl at
Thu Jun 26 15:18:48 CEST 2003

"Steve Holden" <sholden at> writes:

> "John J. Lee" <jjl at> wrote in message
> news:871xxhvimo.fsf at
> > claird at (Cameron Laird) writes:
> > > it's hard to falsify the proposition that some of the
> > > documentation has been managed in order to maximize
> > > frustration.
> > of documentation are bad, so much as the fact that the various bits
> > often don't seem to know of each others' existence.  Perhaps that's
> Indeed, one of my own pet peeves about Microsoft documentation is the way
> help systems will restate the blindingly obvious without providing any
> actual help. Suppose there's a "Varm Fnoogle" menu item in my application. I

Yeah, that's the end-user help (whoever the end-user happens to be).
The stuff on MSDN (which has a different purpose, of course) *is*
informative, if you can find it.

> Cameron, with an unusual lack of cynicism, appears to me to be quite wrong
> about the reason for the state of Microsoft documentation. They write it
> that way to maximize training and publishing opportunities.



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