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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Text in OpenFormula - inadequate forinternational use

Dear David,

> The primary purpose of all spreadsheet formulas is to calculate 
> *numbers*, not *text*.  *No* spreadsheet implementation is good
> at processing text, because that's not what they're intended for.
> Often, the rare text processing at all is stuff like
> "show the number of * as shown in this other cell",
> which does not depend on international characters. [...]

However, column headings may well contain text with unicode characters
that render the spreadsheet not processable.

I think only of the names of the 12 month, and I already find a problem
in many languages, e.g. in German (März). Are the LOOKUP-functions
affected as well? Than there is a big issue.

Not to mention that all European languages except for English abound in
special characters. This is also true of any other language on this planet.


Leonard Mada
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