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From MSB <markbrd...@tiscali.co.uk>
Subject Re: How can POI extend the support on excel functions?
Date Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:53:16 GMT

That's good news, I did not know if you would had the flexibility with regard
to creating the file to do something like that.

Just as an aside, I remembered after posting my last reply that if you are
developing for OpenOffice alone, then there is the ODFToolkit project at
http://odftoolkit.org/. This is an API designed to do what POI does but
targeted at OpenOffice's 'native' xml based file format. Of course, these
files cannot be opened using Excel so if you are developing for both
platforms POI is still the best bet even if there are issues such as this
formula problem to sidestep.


Mark B

Lion Liang wrote:
> Thanks Mark.
> I found a workaround to use a some complex formula instead of DATEDIF:
> =YEAR(B1)*12+MONTH(B1)-(YEAR(A1)*12+MONTH(A1))
> This temporarily solve the function which is not supported by OpenOffice.
> MSB wrote:
>> If you are using OpenOffice to convert the files and it is experiencing
>> problems recognising some of Excel's function names then I would be loath
>> to proceed further. I do not know that this is the case but I would
>> suspect that OpenOffice will rpeserve the function names following the
>> conversion process, rendering the file unreadable - well unparsable - to
>> Excel.
>> Yours
>> Mark B

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