From: firstname.lastname@example.org (H. Dieter Wilhelm)
To: Bastien <email@example.com>
Cc: Xue Fuqiao <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
Subject: Re: About range references in the spreadsheet
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:35:10 +0100 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> (Eric S. Fraga's message of "Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:25:38 +1030")
Eric S Fraga <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Bastien <email@example.com> writes:
>> Hi Xue,
>> Xue Fuqiao <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>>> In (info "(org) References"), there is an example explaining the range
>>> @-1$-2..@-1 3 numbers from the column to the left, 2 up to
>>> current row
>>> What does `2 up to current row' mean? I don't understand. IIRC `@'
>>> represents row, it should be `1 up to current row'.
>> No. The whole sentence expands to this:
>> This range takes 3 numbers: the first one from the column to the
>> left (and the row above), the 2 others up to current row.
>> I agree this might not be obvious but I don't have a better proposal.
>> Maybe a native english speaker can help here.
> I think the current description is wrong and that rows and columns have
> been interchanged? The entries defined by this range are all in the row
> above (@-1) the current row. The columns chosen are two to the left of
> the current column up to the current column.
Right. The formulation above would only be logical with:
This range takes 3 numbers: the first one from TWO columns to the
left (and the row above), the 2 others up to current row.
But still not easy to understand.
> If you wish to re-word, maybe:
> This range expands to three elements, all on the row above the current
> row, starting with the column two to the left of the current column.
Would be much better, I think.
More precisely: The manual speaks about `field references' and `column'-
and `row' specifications. So I would write:
The three SPECIFICATIONS expand to a field range from the row above
the current row, starting with two columns to the left up to the
(I would avoid the ambiguous expression "column two" since it is a
relative specification) alternatively
The TWO REFERENCES expand to a field range from the row above the
current row, starting with two columns to the left up to the current
H. Dieter Wilhelm
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2013-01-27 14:35 UTC|newest]
Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top
2013-01-16 15:24 About range references in the spreadsheet Xue Fuqiao
2013-01-26 11:20 ` Bastien
2013-01-26 23:55 ` Eric S Fraga
2013-01-27 14:35 ` H. Dieter Wilhelm [this message]
2013-01-30 16:48 ` Bastien
2013-01-31 2:09 ` Eric S Fraga
2013-01-31 22:44 ` Dieter Wilhelm
2013-01-31 23:04 ` Nick Dokos
2013-02-01 0:11 ` Thomas S. Dye
2013-02-01 5:09 ` Nick Dokos
2013-02-07 8:13 ` Bastien
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