Apache OpenOffice (AOO) Bugzilla – Full Text Issue Listing
|Summary:||Auto fill to be extended to allow for characters as well as numbers|
|Component:||ui||Assignee:||AOO issues mailing list <issues>|
|Status:||CONFIRMED ---||QA Contact:|
|Issue Type:||ENHANCEMENT||Latest Confirmation in:||---|
Description kelvine 2004-04-29 00:44:56 UTC
Hi, In the past I have entered the lettes A, B, C into the first column and then went to perform an auto fill by dragging. To my surprise the auto fill simply repeated A, B, C down the cells. Upon further reading, I now understand this is because it only applies to numbers or certain strings which end in numbers. A similar issue was raised in the users mailing list recently and a couple of us suggested using a 'sort list' to get around the issue. I suggested the 'sort list' approach, but I am aware of one limitation. What if someone wants more than 26 entries (in this case the letters in the English alphabet). The normal approach is to go A to Z then AA to AZ etc. The sort list can not easily handle this requirement. If I enter the values a, b, c, d, etc into cells with the sort lists (A,B,C etc and a,b,c etc) set up and then perform the fill you do not get only upper case letters (This may or may not be another bug.) I have no idea what other side effects may occur and in the past when I have added a sort list, I have later removed it due to some side effect I had not anticipated. Having an additional option in Edit -> Fill -> Series to provide a Series Type of Alphabetic would provide a more flexible alternative. It may also be possible to provide other language alphabets and roman numerals as well. IMHO this would provide greater flexibility for users than Excel, but not break compatibility between the two products. Currently there is an issue for IP addresses to be added to auto fill. This issue could be considered in parallel, reducing the times the area is touched. Just an observation. I hope this information is useful Thanks Kelvin
Comment 1 frank 2004-04-29 09:02:16 UTC
Hi Bettina, one for you. Frank
Comment 2 caiot1 2004-04-30 04:21:25 UTC
OK Kelvine, the your issue is best filled than the issue Immanuelcrc (issue 28473), but the work is the same. Why did you not put it as a comment in his issue, instead of creating a new? You two working togheter is better than each one alone. His issue has 3 votes at this momment. You can vote it. Please, consider it.
Comment 3 kelvine 2004-04-30 05:41:06 UTC
Hi, A reasonable question. I see the Sort lists for static lists. The Edit -> Fill -> Series is for the dynamic creation of a series. IMHO these two are different features within Calc. In certain situations they do overlap. Lists have a role in the product, as do Series. Issue 28473 is about simply adding additional lists by default to the product, and only achives a subset of what I would like to achieve. Static lists in my experience can result in unexpected side effects. A Fill -> Series always produces the result you request. (Eg. Enter the lower case letters in the Sort List and then perform an autofill.) A Fill -> Series for example can as I said produce the series A to Z and then move on to AA to AZ then BA to BZ etc. A Sort List is static and would not achieve this result. A Sort List is limited to the values entered. I have had a need for this in the past. The more common need would however be the Sort List approach of 26 letters. A Fill -> Series could if extended produce: - A series of Roman Numerals (not available in Excel) - A series such as A-1, A-2 to A-1000 etc (which is available in Excel) but would be difficult in a List - A series such as the alphabetic which is calculated and could go above 26 charactres, is more suited to a series. (Not available in Excel) - A series for IP address ranges (which is another issue already raised and available in Excel) is not possible using a Sort List. A Fill -> Series allows me to select a range of cells, enter a starting number and a finishing number (in the case of letters it may be from A to BZ) and only the cells in the range will be completed. The remaining cells are left untouched. In theory it may even be possible to use the increment for every second letter, although I can't think of any reason I would want to do this. A Fill -> Series may be able to cover the situation such as Review-A, Review-B etc. This is however probably too difficult and not worth the effort. More important is to work out what people need. There is no point programming anything the majority of people don't need. Even as I type this reply, one issue that just came to mind is the Sort List approach would introduce inconsistency between Excel and Calc. Currently text entries are simply duplicated in both packages if someone drags down on the corner. That is, if person currently enters "A" into a cell and drags down, the "A" is duplicated in both packages. If we add the alphabet as a default Sort List in Calc, the packages behave differently which will confuse users. The developers may then squash the idea based on this inconsistency alone. That means if I don't suggest the Fill -> Series approach, there is no longer an alternative for the developers to consider. To me it is important both approaches be considered independently. Fill -> Series may IMHO be able to achieve what I desire, with little or no side effects, but Sort Lists cannot. I think providing two alternatives to the developers will provide them with the option of deciding whatever they feel appropriate. I hope this helps explain why I would prefer to keep them as separate issues. Thanks also for including the issue number of the other issue so they can be more closely related. Kelvin
Comment 4 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 15:12:17 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on my owner to the owner "requirements".