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Bug 142574 - Help article is required for Wildcard functionality; and disambiguation with regular expressions.
Summary: Help article is required for Wildcard functionality; and disambiguation with ...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Documentation (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
5.2 all versions
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: HelpGaps-NewFeatures
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Reported: 2021-05-31 06:50 UTC by Mike Kaganski
Modified: 2021-06-25 16:50 UTC (History)
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Description Mike Kaganski 2021-05-31 06:50:10 UTC
In 5.2 [1], wildcard match was added to be interoperable with Excel's matching syntax (and 5.3 made it default [2]). But the help still does not explain what wildcards are - see e.g. MATCH [3], which does not provide a clickable link on "wildcards"; and typing "wildcards" in help search gives a link to regular expressions [4] - even the help entry name in the right-hand "Contents" panel is "Using Wildcards in Text Searches".

We have an issue which mentions the need to provide help for wildcards in Find & Replace (bug 103587); this one is not related to F&R, but for spreadsheet functions. Note how the term "wildcards" is confusing - e.g., it's used in bug 91336 to denote regular expressions.

Comment 1 Mike Kaganski 2021-05-31 10:16:44 UTC
FTR: release notes for 5.2 document the wildcard syntax; related MS documentation is at [1] (it tells it is related to filters - see bug 121854 - and searches), and also in related spreadsheet function documentation: e.g., [2] for MATCH.

Comment 2 Steve Fanning 2021-06-25 16:50:06 UTC
I included some (hopefully) useful material about wildcards in the 7.0 Calc Guide. This could be used as the basis of a help page on the topic.