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At 22:51 19/02/2015 +0200, Pertti Rönnberg wrote:
From mr Asaibene's message I think it is obvious -- at least we can assume -- that he is rather familiar with using spreadsheets (e.g. LO/Calc) and knows the basics, ...

I don't want to be overcritical of the original questioner, but I suspect that this is not entirely true. Not recognising "###" and its meaning is perfectly understandable for a beginner.

... he described a simple calculation that is all correct but showed the result that is in no way normal whatever his (operating)system is.

It is normal if the Formulae display option is ticked.

... if a spreadsheet program (e.g. LO/Calc) does not behave or do the calculations correctly you may not be aware of the failures and draw wrong conclutions ...

This is entirely true! And it's a good lesson to learn: spreadsheets are by their nature fragile and can be relied on only if their construction has been very carefully executed.

... a spreadsheet program is worse than worthless if you cannot trust it "150%". A couple of years ago I experienced some that sort of problems with LO/Calc why I still try to check the results in every project of importance.

Again, that is excellent advice.

Mr Asaibene's message is alarming: if a spreadsheet behaves odd in small then there can be more serious issues. I think mr Asaibene should post a bug report.

I'm still working with the theory that Calc is operating as advertised.

Brian Barker

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