Python plugin for Gnumeric spreadsheet
Jon K Hellan
hellan at acm.org
Mon Feb 21 16:57:44 EST 2000
I am looking for suggestions.
The Gnumeric spreadsheet has a plugin which lets you define
spreadsheet functions in Python. General scripting of the spreadsheet
is not (yet?) supported.
To give you an idea, here is how a very simple function is defined in
Python and made available to Gnumeric:
# Function definition
# Help text for Gnumeric
help_mid = \
"Returns a specific number of characters from a text string, " \
"starting at START and spawning NUM_CHARS. Index is counted " \
"starting from one"
# register_function is a C function in Gnumeric to - you guessed it -
# register the function. The parameters are:
# - function name
# - parameter types
# - paremeter names - for use in the function wizard
# - help string
# - python function
gnumeric.register_function ("mid", "sff", "text, start_num, num_chars",
The plugin doesn't yet handle booleans properly. Python is happy to
consider 0 or None false, and everything else true. But inside
Gnumeric, booleans are a distinct datatype. A function defined in
Python may receive a boolean from a C function, and will want to
return it to the spreadsheet without converting to integer. So a
distinguished boolean datatype is needed.
What is the most pythonesque way to do that?
I forgot to mention. Gnumeric tries to be compatible with Excel.
Who can help?
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