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IHMN in Numbers

One of the things that I realised from our first test game of In Her Majesty’s Name was that I had mad some mistakes adding up the cost of my company. Not difficult to do really but I figured that if I was going to play the game some more that I might want to make sure that I was able to accurately total up my company.

Now normally one might do this in Excel or Access (do they even make Access any more?) but since I am on my Mac I decided to use Numbers, the Apple spreadsheet app, to create it. I could have used Google Docs or Open Office to do it but both of those have exceptionally crappy UIs and they create really ugly looking documents.

Applescript is my enemy

One of the things I need to do for the current project with Arcane Wonders is to take a large amount of Excel data and turn it into HTML.

In the past I would have done this sort of thing in Director and built a quick Lingo function to read in some CSV data and then spit out the HTML. For years I did this sort of thing and it was the main reason why, despite not using it for any projects, that Director stayed on my hard-drive. Whatever one might think of Director, Lingo is actually a wonderfully adept language that is easy to use.

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