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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Portable Notes


On Monday, 2010-03-22 16:16:53 +0100, Michael Brauer wrote:

> It seems to me that most if not all portable notes are in one of these  
> categories
> 1) Portable Notes/Constrains that list values that are supported by all  
> known implementations.


> My suggestion is that we turn these notes into normative statements that  
> declare the support of the values listed as portable constrains to be  
> mandatory. Other values that are not part of the current portable  
> constrains when would become optional.


> 2) Portable Notes/Constrains that provide hints where behavior is  
> implementation dependent and that possibly provide recommendations how  
> to avoid that behavior in expressions.


> I suggest that the turn these kind of portable notes into  
> recommendations to expression authors or implementors.

I agree. Before I wasn't even aware that we could use
"Note: Expression authors ..."
in a standard. Nitpick: instead of "implementations" we should use
"evaluators", yes?

Patrick, if no one objects please go ahead with these changes building
on draft22a I uploaded Thursday.


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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