[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Merging Calc's label range functionality with named range.
kohei.yoshida at suse.de
Wed Jul 17 17:29:06 PDT 2013
I'd like to merge Calc's label range functionality (which you can find
in the menu at Insert - Names - Labels) with named range functionality.
The named range functionality is found at Insert - Names -
Define/Manage/Insert. Also, the Create menu item in the same menu
sub-tree is also a part of the named range functionality.Here, what I
basically mean by "merging" is to remove this functionality and provide
some rudimentary mapping to the named range when importing legacy
documents that use this functionality.
What the label ranges provide can be pretty much achieved by named
ranges, and with named ranges you can do much much more. The UI for
label ranges is very clunky, unattractive, and hard to use. Rather than
trying to maintain and improve this almost duplicated functionality, we
should just drop it and encourage users to use named ranges instead.
Dropping this functionality would also help clean up the implementation
and make it easier for us to improve the formula engine going forward.
So, I would passionately love to see that happensince the presence of
this functionality currently is making it harder to maintain the formula
engine code, much less improve it.
Excel also had similar functionality but dropped it in Excel 2007, and
steered the users toward using named ranges. So, there is no concerns
with regard to interoperabilityeither.
Kohei Yoshida, LibreOffice Calc hacker, SUSE.
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