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Subject: Re: [office-formula] LEGACY.NORMSINV, LEGACY.NORMSDIST, why LEGACY?

Hi Andreas,

On Friday, 2007-01-26 14:02:49 -0700, Andreas J. Guelzow wrote:

> > > > NORMSDIST and NORMSINV are listed as LEGACY.NORMSDIST and
> > > > LEGACY.NORMSINV, I think we should use the usual names without the
> > > > 'LEGACY.' instead, there's no need to arbitrarily create a difference.
> > > 
> > > unless you want to emphasize that these functions should not be used
> > > anymore but are only supported for legacy documents.
> > 
> > What would be the reason why they should not be used?
> Why would one want to use NORMSDIST instead of NORMDIST inside an ODF
> file?  Perhaps there may be a reason for applications to use NORMSDIST
> in the use interface to save some typing (but of course that is only
> needed if the interface used to enter function does not provide
> reasonable defaults.

Well, shurely one may write a NORMSDIST(x) either as NORMDIST(x;0;1;1)
or as LEGACY.NORMSDIST(x), I just don't see any benefit in preferring
NORMDIST over NORMSDIST. Both usually are implemented, and both are in
the "Medium Group".


Automatic string conversions considered dangerous. They are the GOTO statements
of spreadsheets.  --Robert Weir on the OpenDocument formula subcommittee's list.

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