This exactly how I solved it.
But cumbersome given that DATEVALUE seems to be intended to do just
Brian Barker schreef op ma 05-03-2012 om 00:32 [+0000]:
At 22:35 04/03/2012 +0100, Ferry Toth wrote:
With the dutch localization DATEVALUE accepts 1-jan-2011 and
1-mrt-2011 (correct dutch format) but not 1-mar-2011 (english US)
regardless if I set the standard language for the document to
English US or not. Only if I set the 'locale setting' to US does it
accept 1-mar-2011. I am trying make sense of some weird data format
(2011MAR) which is English based. To me that seems a common
situation, and I would not want to change the LO global localization
settings as that changes all date formats in the spreadsheet to
english. Couldn't datavalue take the locale of the formatted cell?
Or is there a better trick to ge this done?
If you cannot find a direct way of doing this sort of thing, you can
always do the conversion yourself explicitly. It's no doubt sensible
for you to keep Dutch settings, so you will probably need to write up
the English month name abbreviations. Construct a table of these,
with JAN, FEB, MAR, and so on in one column and the numbers 1 to 12
in the next column to the right. Select all twenty-four cells, go to
Insert | Names > | Define..., and give the table a name - perhaps "Months".
Suppose your value "2011MAR" is in A1. Try this formula:
The LEFT() function takes the first four characters as the year. The
RIGHT() function takes the last three characters, and the VLOOKUP()
function looks these up in the Months list to produce a month
number. These are combined by DATE() to give the first of the relevant month.
I trust this helps.
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