[Libreoffice-qa] How should Calc's WEBSERVICE function work?

Thomas Hackert thackert at nexgo.de
Sat Dec 13 07:14:38 PST 2014

Hello Markus, *,
On Saterday, 13. December 2014 11:00 Markus Mohrhard wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Thomas Hackert
> <thackert at nexgo.de> wrote:
>> either I do not understand this function (which might be ... ;) )
>> or I found a bug in it ... :(
>> When I
>> 1. start Calc
>> 2. then enter, for example, "=WEBSERVICE
>> "
>> ""
>> in e.g. cell A1 (I have tried it with the German "=WEBDIENST
>> "
>> "").
>> I get a cell with a lot of XML data in A1. Is this a feature or a
>> bug? I had expected, that Calc would insert all the data in
>> different cells, but without the XML code around ... :(
> This is expected.

ah, O.K.

> It will just return the data that the url
> provides. There is no calc function that will return data to
> multiple cells. Normally you would further process that content
> with FILTERXML to get the data that you need.

Will this "FILTERXML" function be implemented as well?

>> BTW: Why are there that much M$ Excel functions flooding Pootle?
>> It is really time consuming to find out, if they are patented, or
>> protected by any other rights ... :(
> Because they help interoperability and there is someone
> implementing them.

But are we allowed to use them in LO (and for me as a translator: 
Are we allowed to translate them)? Would this not lead to any 
copyright infringement and therefore lawsuits in the US / EU against 
Thanks for your answer

NP: Mirrors of Obsidian – Slaves to Numbers

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