Chris Sherlock chris.sherlock79 at
Sat Jan 9 15:45:56 PST 2016

Hi Rick,

IMO, the *very* first step any new developer needs to undertake is to get the LO codebase from git, compile it and then make sure it runs.

This might sound facetious to a newcomer, but actually it’s not. That is normally the first stumbling block for any new starter (it was for me) and whilst the build is now unbelievably better than from the old dmake days, there can still be snags. 

Grab a copy of lode (the LibreOffice Development Environment) - should make your life much simpler to start off with.

Feel free to hop onto IRC on freenode, our developer channel is #libreoffice - so long as we’ve all had our morning coffee we’re usually a pretty friendly bunch :-) My nick is chris_wot, if I don’t answer you it’s probably because I’ve forgotten to set my away message. 


> On 9 Jan 2016, at 11:52 AM, Rick C. Hodgin <rick.c.hodgin at> wrote:
> I am a developer and would be willing to make these changes for the project, but I've never worked on the LibreOffice code base and would need some help getting started with the correct source files.
> -----
> I had an idea to allow for a new type of cell formatting under "Category."  It would be for numbers, and operate similarly to the standard numbers on integer values, but for fractions it would perform some special processing.
> The category is called "Metric."
> When conveying fractional values, such that 1.2345E-08 (which is 0.000,000,012,345), it would do so in a metric-relative way using the standard milli (10^-3), micro (10^-6), nano (10^-9), pico (10^-12), and so on... 
> In the example, the Metric display would cause the value to show up as "12,345 pu" (pico-units) if the thousands separator was used.  There would be an option to override the default "u" character in use, changing it into something that may have significance for the cell, such as "s" or "seconds" for seconds, "m" or "meters" for meters, and so on.
> An ability to lock in a working range would also exist, such as "show everything in nano-units" so that everything is adjusted to that base.  In such a case, the above example above would present as "12.345 nu" instead of in its default pu.
> Thank you in advance.
> Best regards,
> Rick C. Hodgin
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