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Subject: Re: [office-formula] 3.3 OpenDocument Calculation Settings -Regular Expressions

Hi Eric,

On Tuesday, 2009-06-30 04:51:56 +0000, Eric Patterson wrote:

> Unless we have a well-defined regular expression syntax, this
> calculation setting is going to make interoperability difficult.  The
> work to define the Regular Expression scope and syntax appears to be
> a large work item to ensure that it is complete and accurate.  In an
> effort to keep OpenFormula moving, I propose that we postpone this
> work to a future version.  To do so, the following changes would need
> to be made:
> *       The use-regular-expressions setting would need to be removed from the conformance definition for the small group

I don't think that would be a good idea. The Small group contains the D*
database functions (DGET, DSUM, ...) and SUMIF and COUNTIF, in which the
query arguments may use regular expressions.

> *       Applications shall write values for all calculation settings including the non-required ones.

Why that? IIRC the settings have default values, correct me if I'm

> *       For non-required calculation settings, we will need to be clear what application load behavior should be.  Something along the lines of "Inform the user that the workbook may calculate different, or fail to load".

That might be a good idea.

> How can we get closure on this and other open issues for OpenFormula?
> There seems to be limited discussion on the list

Unfortunately.. I'll invest more time in this again, hope others will as

> and we don't have a regularly scheduled call.  Should we  start with
> a call bi-weekly? Perhaps we can alternate weeks with the OIC call.

If that helps going forward more quickly, sure.
What do others think?


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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