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Ok, I can't seem to refute this, because it would work exactly the same
was as what I and Brian described works. The only difference would be
in the internal representation of the cell contents, and I am not about
to go diving into the code to check that out.

Either way you think of it you will still see that it functions exactly
the same, and the behaviour is correct, and consistant with other
spreadsheet programs.


On Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:28:40 +0100
Stefan Weigel <> wrote:

Am 15.11.2013 12:06, schrieb Brian Barker:

'1234 into a cell, so that you get the four-character text string
1234 in the cell (not the five-character string '1234).

I you do this, the content of the cell will be '1234 and the cell
will display the text 1234 as a result.

 Now put
=LEFT(Xn;1) in another cell - to extract just the first character. 
According to your theory, this formula should evaluate to just the

No. According to what the programme does, you will get the character
1, because it is the first character of the result in cell Xn.

But it's surely not an operator when it appears in the
Input Line. 

Yes it is. Just like an = tells the programme that the following has
to be interpreted as a formula, the ' tells the programme that the
following has to be interpreted as text.


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