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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Conversion to Logical from Text

On Wednesday, 2007-03-21 14:53:37 -0500, David A. Wheeler wrote:

> I worried:
> > > But MANDATING that in the spec would make it impossible to implement an ODF-compliant app that could automatically handle the many spreadsheets that DEPEND on automatic conversion from text to number (for example).  We're not REQUIRING implementations to do that, but we've also been careful to not FORBID it.  Excel and Gnumeric currently do such automatic conversions, and I doubt that Gnumeric will stop doing so in the future.
> > 
> Eike:
> > Sure. That's why I would make it a RECOMMENDATION instead of MANDATING it.
> That's an interesting idea, but I still worry about it.  There's a reserved word "should", and that looks a LOT like it.  But I doubt everyone even thinks that's a good idea; I doubt the Gnumeric developers in particular agree with that recommendation, for example.
> How about this compromise instead: in the notes (not the main text), say "Many implementators recommend...".  Then at least the issue is documented.  That's not just weasel-wording, at that point; I think it's two full weasels :-).

Ok. Added some weasels :)


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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