Bug 55484

Summary: The wrong usage of byte in RGB
Product: POI Reporter: wenhua.wang
Component: POI OverallAssignee: POI Developers List <dev>
Severity: critical    
Priority: P2    
Version: 3.9-dev   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   

Description wenhua.wang 2013-08-26 15:13:15 UTC
I found the bug when I used POI 3.7. I thought it must have been found, so I did not report. Today, when I downloaded  version 3.9, I found the bug was still there.

The root of the bug is the wrong understanding of type "byte".  The author thought that "byte" is unsigned, so it was used to represent data range from 0 to 255, e.g. in file HSSFPalette.java, PaleteRecord.java, XSSFColor.java, and even in the xmlschema generated code, etc. This results completely wrong results.

This bug spreads in many places, I think this is serious. We'd better fix it in the version 3.10. I don't have the source of xml schema, so I can not fix that part. I wish somebody can coordinate this bug fixing.

Comment 1 Dominik Stadler 2013-08-26 18:16:26 UTC
Can you provide a unit test or at least some java code which reproduces an actual problem you see because of usage of byte? 

After all, color-values are three byte so it is possible to use three bytes to represent it and there is nothing wrong per see with using a range from +/-127 instead of from 0 to 255 as long as you handle conversion to other datatypes (short, int, ..) correctly.
Comment 2 Dominik Stadler 2015-03-22 21:51:01 UTC
No response in quite some time, therefore resolving this for now, please reopen with some sample code that shows a problem due to conversion between bytes and other data types.