I am not sure that the paragraph is obsolete.
Taking your example a little further, suppose one of the cells in the
range B1:B13 contains the string "$Celia".
* Firstly, let us assume that "No wildcards or regular expressions in
formulas" is selected on the Tools > Options > LibreOffice Calc >
Calculate dialog. Then the formula =COUNTIF(B1:B13,"$Celia") should
give the expected value of 1.
* If we now select "Enable regular expressions in formulas" on the
Tools > Options > LibreOffice Calc > Calculate dialog, then the same
formula (=COUNTIF(B1:B13,"$Celia")) gives the answer 0. Why? Because
the $ is a special character.
* With regular expressions still enabled, the formula
=COUNTIF(B1:B13,"\$Celia") gives the answer 1 again. So the
backslash is required before the $ so that the regex processor does
not treat it as a special character.
I hope this makes sense and answers your question.
On 16/01/2021 01:06, Celia Palacios wrote:
Here's another question. Same Calc Guide 6.2:
On page 244 this paragraph says:
«Activating the *Enable regular expressions in formulas* option means
all the above functions will require any regular expression special
characters (such as parentheses) used in strings within formulas, to
be preceded by a backslash, despite not being part of a regular
expression. These backslashes will need to be removed if the setting
is later deactivated.»
However, I have the aforementioned option enabled, and I'm using this
formula which yields the appropiate result:
=COUNT.IF(B1:B13,"^u.a$") for searching "uva" or "una" in cells, but
not "viuda" nor "suma".
I can trace back the paragraph to the OpenOffice wiki
I think that paragraph is obsolete.
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