[PLUG] libreoffice 3.5.x seems to run ITR macros

Mayuresh mayuresh at acm.org
Sun Jun 17 09:18:16 PDT 2012

Forced need of MS Office for filing ITRs has been discussed in various
OSS forums. So let me not provide much context.

This year, open/libre office seems to have evolved to run macros in ITR
forms. I am using above mentioned version which seems to run the macros
fine. Have just taken a cursory look, so not in a position to confirm
whether everything works as it should, but at least the compatibility
looks better than it was till last year.

Anyway, I think, there will continue to be some risk in using anything
other than MS Office...

If anyone has successfully used libre/open/other OSS office for this
purpose, or can comment on whether it's possible to validate the final xml
produced for validity constraints, please share your comments. (BTW,
not sure whether the upload procedure of xml on IT website itself would do
the necessary validations, so that you can afford to worry less about the
all macros running exactly same as msoffice in an alternative office


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