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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.
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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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