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From: Tim Cross <theophilusx@gmail.com>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx)
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 08:29:55 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87pmvwbdc8.fsf@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87lf6k4xvm.fsf@mat.ucm.es>

Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:

> [[S/MIME Signed Part:Undecided]]
>> Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:
>> The big problem here is that there is no single format understood by all
>> these different programs which you can use. While CSV works OK for data,
>> it does not support formulas and other meta data. In particular,
>> translating formulas is a real challenge.
>> I went down this rabbit hole some years back i.e. having a workflow
>> which allowed me to interact with others who used Excel and allowing me
>> to use org mode.
>> It took hours and hours of additional work and never worked reliably
>> because
>> - I never found a way of 'exporting' to a format which could be imported
>>   by Excel and included formulas
>> - None of the Excel export formats support full export of Excel -
>>   especially at the meta data level i.e. Visual Basic macros and other
>>   'objects'. Workbooks were a real pain.
> So if I understand you correctly you exported/imported formulas
> *manually*.

Yes, that was the big stumbling block. (plus anything which was based on
Visual Basic extensions is not exported by any of the Excel export

When collaborating with others, this becomes a real issue because there
is no easy way to detect a formula has been updated/changed/added. I
ended up spending more time working on improt/export than actually
working on the data in the spreadsheets themselves. 

> One of the problems I face is the fact that org-table formulas are
> column based and show as such, while excel and friends only reveal the
> formula for a cell and so one is forced to take care of this difference,
> manually.

Exactly and there is way too much scope for human error!

Tim Cross

      reply	other threads:[~2021-07-05 22:33 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-07-04 12:40 export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx) Uwe Brauer
2021-07-04 22:00 ` Tim Cross
2021-07-04 23:22   ` [External] : " Daniel Ortmann
2021-07-05 14:48     ` Uwe Brauer
2021-07-05 14:56       ` Eric S Fraga
2021-07-06  4:01         ` Greg Minshall
2021-07-07  7:01         ` [R example for org-table with ifs] (was: [External] : Re: export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx)) Uwe Brauer
2021-07-07 11:59           ` [R example for org-table with ifs] Eric S Fraga
2021-07-08  5:13           ` [R example for org-table with ifs] (was: [External] : Re: export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx)) Greg Minshall
2021-07-08  6:26             ` [R example for org-table with ifs] Uwe Brauer
2021-07-08  7:33               ` Greg Minshall
2021-07-05  6:28   ` export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx) Uwe Brauer
2021-07-05 14:51   ` Uwe Brauer
2021-07-05 22:29     ` Tim Cross [this message]

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