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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Looking for HYPERLINK volunteers

Maybe just define it without any side-effects.  So, HYPERLINK() takes a string parameter and returns that same parameter.  If an optional second parameter "friendly name" is provided, it returns that string instead.  Then mark the entire function as deprecated.  

A function that changes for formatting of the current cell contents is just weird.  I don't think we want to require this of any implementation.  But if we simply define it as above it will be compatible with Excel and anyone is free to add additional behaviors if they want.


Eike Rathke <erack@sun.com> wrote on 03/05/2007 01:26:11 PM:

> Hi David,
> On Monday, 2007-02-19 16:49:18 -0500, David A. Wheeler wrote:
> > Thomas Metcalf thinks HYPERLINK _should_ be in the spec (it's
> supported by many spreadsheets), but that he's NOT the right person
> to draft it.
> >
> > Do we have any volunteers?  Eike's already got his hands full...!
> No volunteer yet, so I guess I'll have to pick it up?
>   Eike
> --
> Automatic string conversions considered dangerous. They are the GOTOstatements
> of spreadsheets.  --Robert Weir on the OpenDocument formula
> subcommittee's list.

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