My thinking is largely in agreement: merging is structure rather than style, so should be read regardless... but I wish a few people would express an opinion on the matter before I'm forced to take a dictatorial approach and then get all the complaints from
people because the behaviour has changed.
Yes Mark, merging is structure (later in this post another request :P)
But the date format, if it's up to me, is NOT structure.
We all know that a date in excel is saved as a number. and if i'm reading "data only" it's right to get that number.
And 23% if i fetch data only is 0,23, nothing else.
or maybe it's the case of setting up another level.
Now we have level "read everything" and level "read only data". It should be nice to have a "intermediate" level reading also cell formatting (and i agree, nothing regarding style)
but, i underline it, merged cells are structure and should be in the level "only data"! it's not the same level of cell (content) formatting!
Regarding merged cells, what about inserting a method for cells reading to get the "merged value"? i mean, if my cell merged is A1:A5, fetching cell A5 should return A1 value.. Now i've my function to do this, but why don't integrate this functionality
in phpexcel? it should be useful for everyone..
bye and thanks