Calc / Kerning

Kohei Yoshida kohei.yoshida at
Fri Nov 16 11:25:46 PST 2012

On 11/16/2012 02:18 PM, Bernhard Schiffner wrote:
> What about this:
> While it seems very "bloated" to  carry all rich text formating _inside_
> formula cells, it might be possible to create an overlay using advanced
> formating _outside_.
> Think of this as having a separate spreadsheet (linked 1:1 to the generating
> spreadsheet) with the "only" property to add formating to the pointed results.
> (Export as text -> reformat)
> Do you see a chance to solve the problem this way?

Sure.  But this would require a re-design of a non-trivial part of the 
Calc core.  Basically we would have to remove use of EditEngine and its 
friend and re-implement Calc's own rich-text handling framework.

The question is, is this all worth the benefit?  I personally think it's 
too risky just for a marginal gain, and goes back to what I'd said earlier:

 >>> Of course, it is *possible* to support rich text properties in text
 >>> that's a formula result, but that would require intimate knowledge of
 >>> the inner working of Calc's cell text handling, and would probably
 >>> requires a lot of code changes.

It all comes down to risk/effort vs benefit.


Kohei Yoshida, LibreOffice hacker, Calc

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