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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] Commented: (OFFICE-2751) 5.8: Need syntax forexternal references to unsaved documents

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Dennis Hamilton commented on OFFICE-2751:

Eric, questions for you:

So, I have a workbook open, and I want to create a reference to something in another workbook.  Then I want to save the workbook I have open (even close it) before I have ever saved the referenced one.  I might save it, I might crash, I might put it somewhere unexpected, but whatever I do, the workbook I saved first can't have any reliable way of knowing where the referenced one actually ended up.

How does that work now?  Do you create a pseudo IRI and then let the consumer of the first workbook hunt for it when it can't resolve it?  Do you create a special IRI that has the consumer of the first workbook say, whoops, I need to know where this is? And ask the user for help?  Or offer its own recently-used/-saved documents list as a possibility?

What happens if the referenced workbook was opened from a file and that location was used in the reference from the first workbook, but then the referenced workbook was put somewhere else using Save As ... ?   Or moved later or whatever.  

Aren't these all flavors of basically the same situation, except that in the first scenario you have to intentionally plant a guess than in the reference?

I'm curious why there is anything special needed beyond making up IRIs and then attempting to resolve them when that's needed.  

> 5.8: Need syntax for external references to unsaved documents
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-2751
>                 URL: http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-2751
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Needs Discussion, OpenFormula
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.2 CD 05
>            Reporter: Eric Patterson
>            Assignee: Eric Patterson
>             Fix For: ODF 1.2 CD 06
> Excel has the ability to create references to unsaved documents or unvalidated references.  OpenFormula does not appear to specify a syntax for this type of reference.

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