[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx)

From: Tim Cross
Subject: Re: export org table to other formats (gnumeric or scalc or xlsx)
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 08:29:55 +1000
User-agent: mu4e 1.5.13; emacs 28.0.50

Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:

> [[S/MIME Signed Part:Undecided]]
>> Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:
>> The big problem here is that there is no single format understood by all
>> these different programs which you can use. While CSV works OK for data,
>> it does not support formulas and other meta data. In particular,
>> translating formulas is a real challenge.
>> I went down this rabbit hole some years back i.e. having a workflow
>> which allowed me to interact with others who used Excel and allowing me
>> to use org mode.
>> It took hours and hours of additional work and never worked reliably
>> because
>> - I never found a way of 'exporting' to a format which could be imported
>>   by Excel and included formulas
>> - None of the Excel export formats support full export of Excel -
>>   especially at the meta data level i.e. Visual Basic macros and other
>>   'objects'. Workbooks were a real pain.
> So if I understand you correctly you exported/imported formulas
> *manually*.

Yes, that was the big stumbling block. (plus anything which was based on
Visual Basic extensions is not exported by any of the Excel export

When collaborating with others, this becomes a real issue because there
is no easy way to detect a formula has been updated/changed/added. I
ended up spending more time working on improt/export than actually
working on the data in the spreadsheets themselves. 

> One of the problems I face is the fact that org-table formulas are
> column based and show as such, while excel and friends only reveal the
> formula for a cell and so one is forced to take care of this difference,
> manually.

Exactly and there is way too much scope for human error!

Tim Cross

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]