Why, oh, why?
It’s almost as if, gasp, we needed a consumer-friendly word processor with advanced formatting capabilities.
BUT NO EFFIN MACROS WHATSOEVER.
It could just read ODF/DOCX stuff and ignore macros.
What’s the % of people, and text documents that actually need macros? Does everybody else have to put up with corresponding risks? Ditto Adobe PDFs with active content scripting. Come’on it’s been 15-20 yrs now we know they suck.
Browsers are heavily sandboxed
Word processors are not, shouldn’t have to be, can’t really be (file system access) and have insufficient exposure, unlike browsers facing a hostile internet, to develop a comprehensive immune system.
I am not ranting about spreadsheets, which carry the same risks, but have more general justifications for a macro feature.
MS Word admittedly seems closer with no-macro extensions (but then they fail by hiding extensions). And of course, they’ve made macros a “feature” in the first place.
In any case, packaging a learn-to-program toolkit in a word processor is an act of monumental stupidity. Open source or not. Fail.
P.S. on a related subject, despite being a huge Python fan, the last thing we need is Python as VBA in Office or Python as JS in browsers.