[LINK] Bizarre lameness in Microsoft Excel 2002

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Thu Nov 6 07:13:06 AEDT 2008

On Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 09:54:28PM +1100, Ivan Trundle wrote:
> On 05/11/2008, at 6:29 PM, Jon Seymour wrote:
> > However, you cannot use the "copy sheet" feature to copy a sheet
> > containing those cells. It complains about the 255 character limit.
> >
> > Is that not bizarre???
> Not just Excel 2002 - I have Excel 2004, and it has exactly the same  
> problem: painful since I work with survey results daily, and often  
> come across this bug. Not so sure about Excel 2008, however. Must try  
> at work one day.

try it in openoffice. or gnumeric (might be linux/unix only, not sure if
there's a windows port of gnumeric).

for pretty nearly any spreadsheet that doesn't rely on visual basic
macros, you're better of with Anything But Excel.  And for those that do
rely on VB, you'd be better off if it didn't - rewrite the spreadsheet
for OO.


ps: is a spreadsheet really the most appropriate tool for working with 
large amounts of tabular data like that?  wouldn't a database be better?

craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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