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Re: ODF spreadsheets

From: Muthiah Annamalai
Subject: Re: ODF spreadsheets
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:05:14 -0600
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kensmith wrote:
On Thursday 17 January 2008 12:39, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
On 17/01/2008, Mats Hedlund <address@hidden> wrote:
Is there any work being done for import/export to ODF spreadsheets?
Not that am I aware of, but do you really need it? Can't you use CSV
format instead?

Spreadsheets havea  lot of extra data that isn't easily representable
in Octave anyways (formulae, formatting, cells that are more than one
column or row wide....). If you just want the numbers, you should be
able to use CSV to both import and export.

The formatting seems to me to be the one reason to do it. Octave could write spreadsheets that have the formatting set based on some logic within the Octave program.

Being into electronics, I have a few times had to manually adjust columns and change the units based on the data I ended up with. A classic example would be deciding to use K ohms or not based on the highest resistance in the column.
Or if you *really* want Octave to read ODF spreadsheets, well, it
wouldn't be difficult except that we might have to add gzip to
Octave's build dependencies.

Or maybe not. The ODF outputter could take the address of the zip program as a parameter and check at run time that it is there.

For anyone interested in doing this work, a good starting point would be look at Gnumeric / Gnome-spreadsheet's OO.o export facilities, and rewrite the same into
an OCT file. This will also be license compatible.

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