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Subject: Re: Committee Draft 01 of ODF 1.2: Formula specification missing (change of modal verb and conformance requirement)


While looking at ODF formulas, I revisited this request I sent to ODF
TC in February this year.

From JIRA http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-1248 I can
see that the issue has been closed without further action.

Since Rob seemed to agree with all points I made, I find it a bit
confusing that the issue has been disgarded. Also, when looking at
CD03 I see no changed text.

My key point was to make sure that ODF 1.2 has one, single way of
specifiying formulas and not allowing vendors to use their own.

Now it most certainly is an error in my understanding of OASIS ODF TC
processes, but can you shed some light on this? Will ODF 1.2 require a
single way (for conformant documents) of specifying formulas in


Jesper Lund Stocholm
SC34/WG4 http://www.itscj.ipsj.or.jp/sc34/wg4/

2009/2/23 Jesper Lund Stocholm <4a4553504552@gmail.com>:
> Hi all,
> While commenting on Doug Mahugh's blog on
> http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/archive/2009/02/19/building-consensus-around-odf-1-2.aspx
> I noticed that ODF 1.2 still lacks a way of specifying formulae used
> in spreadsheets.
> Section 18.648 table:formula states:
> "Every formula should begin with a namespace prefix specifying the
> syntax and semantics used within the formula."
> First,
> I believe the word "should" must be replaced with "shall". Having
> unqualified formulas does not make any sense in this highly critical
> area of spreadsheet usage.
> Second,
> Q: Is it the intention to have OOF ready for Part 2 for approval of ODF 1.2?
> If so, the namespace of
> "urn:oasis:names:tc:opendocument:xmlns:openformula:1.0" should be
> added to the list of known namespaces in section 1.3 thereby making it
> the conformant way of specifying formulae in ODF 1.2.
> If OOF will not be ready for ODF 1.2 approval, I think the only viable
> option is to include the way of IS29500 as the conformant way of doing
> formulas in ODF 1.2. I don't think there is a namespace currently in
> use for spreadsheet formulae in IS29500, but I am sure WG4 will be
> helpful with registering one for this purpose.
> Jesper Lund Stocholm
> www.idippedut.dk
> SC34/WG4 http://www.itscj.ipsj.or.jp/sc34/wg4/

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