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Re: io-2.4.13 released

From: Kai Torben Ohlhus
Subject: Re: io-2.4.13 released
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:51:24 +0900
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On 10/18/19 5:30 PM, PhilipNienhuis wrote:
> [...]
> I wouldn't be surprised if the spreadsheet I/O in the io package is among
> the most used of all OF package functions. FWIW, the vast majority of io
> package bug reports was about .xls and .xlsx; bug reports for .ods have been
> very scarce. Adding in JWE's observation (expressed at an OctConf 2018
> lecture) that the user base mostly cares about Matlab compatibility I think
> we'd just have to yield to spreadsheet I/O function names starting with
> "xls", at least for the time being. Whether in an OF package or in core
> wouldn't matter.

Thank you for the new release Philip.  Sure, Octave without the io
toolbox would be by far less attractive for many former Matlab and
current MS Windows users, that no longer have a Matlab license, but tons
of "old" Matlab code reading spreadsheet data by "xlsread".
Unfortunately, for many of those users the words "data" and "MS Excel
spreadsheets" are still synonyms.  But hopefully things might change in
the future and we can go Olafs and my desire.

> [...]
> For readTable() and friends Octave needs to have the Table class
> implemented. To my knowlegde there are no definite plans for that; there is
> a prospect of a start by Markus Bergholz somewhere in (IIRC) the bug
> tracker, from several years back.

Regarding this, I want to remind of Andrews project [1].


[1] https://github.com/apjanke/octave-tablicious

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