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Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] Re: How to interpret thedefault-cell-style-name attribute in spreadsheets


I have read through the issue discussion at KOffice and OOo, and I think
the cause for confusion is the loading, i.e. the creation of empty cells
in the loading app.

OOo says, that @default-cell-style-name (dcsn) does not apply to empty
cells created at load-time.
KOffice says, that @dcsn applies to all cells created in its scope
during load.

Since the relevant part of the specification was originally created by
the OOo Calc team, I think it is relevant to listen to what their intent
was, when specifying @dcsn. In the issue discussions, it is said, that
this intent was that @dcsn should not apply to generated empty cells.

Now, the issue seems to be, that some people are interpreting the
specification in a way that @dcsn should apply to generated empty cells.
An interpretation that is obviously inconsistent with the intent the
spec was written in.

If the specification can be interpreted in a way, that is contrary to
its original intend, I believe it should be updated in a way, that
clarifies the interpretation and an errata be issued accordingly.

E.g. if the intent was that @dcsn is not to be applied to application 
created empty cells, this should be explicitly mentioned, since 
obviously implementors are being confused.


Stefan Nikolaus wrote:
> Hi,
> as the "default-cell-style-name" attribute is part of the "table:column" 
> ("table:row") element, it has to apply to the whole column (row).
> The OpenOffice.org developers say, that it has to apply to the used area only. 
> IMHO, this is wrong.
> The third paragraph "8.1 Basic table model" is the relevant section. It 
> states, that on saving only the used area is saved. Taking only this into 
> account, I would have agreed with the OO.o people. But refering to the more 
> detailed loading description in there, I come to the conclusion, that the 
> attribute applies to the whole column (row).
> More detailed discussion:
> http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=107956
> http://qa.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=51235
> It would be appreciated, if someone could enlighten us here.
> Regards,
> Stefan

Lars Oppermann <lars.oppermann@sun.com>               Sun Microsystems
Software Engineer - StarOffice                           Sachsenfeld 4
Phone: +49 40 23646 959                                D-20097 Hamburg
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