Bug 43807

Summary: Problems with "sheet.addMergedRegion()" in Excel 2003 SP3 if colFrom is greater than colTo
Product: POI Reporter: Ciprian Mihalache <ciprian.mihalache>
Component: HSSFAssignee: POI Developers List <dev>
Severity: normal    
Priority: P2    
Version: 3.0-FINAL   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: other   

Description Ciprian Mihalache 2007-11-07 07:16:56 UTC
In a Java program which exports an xls file, let's say that we have the
following code:
HSSFWorkbook wb = ... //initialization goes here
HSSFSheet sheet = wb.getSheetAt(0);
sheet.addMergedRegion(new Region(1, (short)3, 1, (short)2));
//do other things there and in the end call wb.write(some FileOutputStream file)

If you open the exported file with Excel 2003 SP2 you will not receive any error
or warning message, and everything seems to be ok. 
If you open the exported file with Excel 2003 SP3 you get an error message that
Excel found unreadable content in that file. If you want it to recover the file,
all the exported data (numbers, Strings...) are present in the exported file,
but all cell styles, merged cells, preferred width for columns are lost.
Sincerely, I would prefer an IllegalArgumentException thrown by addMergedRegion
if colFrom is greater than colTo instead of this behavior.
Comment 1 Nick Burch 2007-11-12 14:24:21 UTC
An IllegalArgumentException will now be thrown