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From: Mario Frasca <mario@anche.no>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Cc: Michael Brand <michael.ch.brand@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: empty/nil in table cells
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:27:54 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <ca8c2b09-f656-fb92-edba-2774fc805bf7@anche.no> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87a7084afo.fsf@nicolasgoaziou.fr>

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On 09/07/2020 16:59, Nicolas Goaziou wrote:
>> and it simplifies a lot writing functions.
> How so?

thank you Michael, for answering Nicolas' question, in a different and 
much structured way than I did in my original message.

the formula you provided —I reduced it slightly, hard coding a constant— 
looks like this:

(if (> @# 4) (format "%.2f" (/ (apply '+ (subseq '(@I$2..@II$2) (- @# 1 
4) (- @# 1))) 4.0)) ""));N

my impression is this programs in the spreadsheet something that should 
be part of the org-table software.

if we let references leading outside the table return 'nil instead of 
raising an error, and represent 'nil by the empty string, then this is 

(when (> @# 4) (/ (+ @-3$2..$2) 4.0));L%0.2f

my suggestion is to associate 'nil with empty cells "both ways", in the 
sense that a formula returning 'nil causes an empty org-table cell (see 
above), and that the empty cell, through the L filter evaluates to nil 
and not to the empty string.  this for symmetry, and for uniformity with 
reference leading outside the table.



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      parent reply	other threads:[~2020-07-10 14:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-09 17:08 empty/nil in table cells Mario Frasca
2020-07-09 21:59 ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-07-09 22:06   ` Mario Frasca
2020-07-10  7:15     ` Michael Brand
2020-07-10 10:11     ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-07-10 14:27   ` Mario Frasca [this message]

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