DR 14-0013 — SML: definedName attribute localSheetId

Chris Rae Chris.Rae at microsoft.com
Fri Feb 6 18:59:38 CET 2015


This DR concerns the localSheetID attribute of the SpreadsheetML definedName element, and states that the attribute's meaning is unclear.

After looking into this, I think the submitter is right and that it's not at all clear what this attribute is intended to represent. I've attached some proposed changes to the standard. A couple of notes:

* I think that the example mentioned by the submitter is poorly chosen. It mention a "data source" and "external database"  - the submitter is correct that this isn't the defined name required for a SpreadsheetML data connected range, and really I don't think any mention should be made of external data as it complicates the example and isn't relevant. I've reworded it as such.
* Revision records also contain defined names with the same attribute - they have much better descriptions. For example, in, the localSheetId is described as " An integer representing the id of the sheet to which this defined name belongs. This shall be used local defined names only." (sic)
* I notice that Microsoft's MS-OI29500 implementer notes (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee908652(v=office.12).aspx) already cover Excel's behaviour with this attribute - as the standard is not well-defined at all, many of my changes are from there.

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