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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Very Weak String Support in ODF

On Thursday 07 June 2007 22:40:30 Leonard Mada wrote:
> The current Formula Specification and OOo implementation thereof have a
> very weak support for strings. Even fundamental string functions are
> lacking This makes the use of ODF a poor choice for many research
> fields, where a lot of the data is in text format.

This is not really an ODF fileformat problem, this is more a problem that 
the implementations of the format should address.
In particular, I know that KSpread is implementing the full spec and is 
also combining it with a scripting language to access the cells from a 
set of different languages. Python, Ruby and Javascript are already 
available in the development version.

This and your post about distinct values seem to be much easier 
implemented using such a script.
Thomas Zander

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