I didn't expect the attached (seems to show two bugs - sorry about that).
The not taking the date format from the source is the one I originally fell over, it works fine until you copy the area with formulae (as I did), and then it oddly falls down (it seems).
Created attachment 54073 [details]
[Reproducible] with reporter#s sample and own documents!
Not a new Beta0 effect, I already see that problem with Server installation of Master "LibO-dev 3.5.0 – WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) English UI [(Build ID: 5d1a991-4cb1bac-ca7e6f5-9125509-ce71330)]" (111109) (picked haphazardly)
[Reproducible] with "LibreOffice 3.4.4 - WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) German UI [Build ID: OOO340m1 (Build:402)]"
[Reproducible] with some LibreOffice 3.4.2 RC OOO340m1 (Build:201) and
LibreOffice 3.4.1 RC OOO340m1 (Build:101)
Works fine with "LibreOffice Portable 3.3.3 - WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) German UI [OOO330m19 (Build:301 Tag 126.96.36.199)]", so it seems to be a 3.4 regression.
This problem occurs also for other chart types.
'Format -> Cell -> Date' for x-axis cells heals the problem as a workaround
I will file a new bug for the "modern art" problem, I doubt that it's related, although it came up with the same version
I saw you active in an other axis number formatting bug.
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The reason it's not taking the data format from the source is that the source cell's format is set to Number - General. So, the chart was doing the "right thing" by taking that format.
Now, Calc normally automatically sets the cell format to date when you enter a date value. I have no idea why cells A7:A8 have Number - General format, but if I were to pick a bug from this scenario, I would say it was Calc not setting the date format to A7:A8.
Interestingly, retyping those date values into A7:A8, and refreshing the chart fixes the x-axis formatting problem.
As for the odd stacked area chart issue, Rainer said he would file a separate bug for it. So I'll skip that one in this bug report.
(In reply to comment #3)
> Now, Calc normally automatically sets the cell format to date when you enter a
> date value. I have no idea why cells A7:A8 have Number - General format, but
> if I were to pick a bug from this scenario, I would say it was Calc not setting
> the date format to A7:A8.
Ah, those values are formula results, and Calc doesn't change the format of formula cells since those are "implicit" format as opposed to "explicit" one. Internally we keep two formats, one explicit and one implicit for formula cells.
So, the right thing to do here is, when the cells are formula cells, send the chart the implicit format as opposed to the explicit format. That should solve this problem.
I'll take a look at this for 3.5.
Fixed on master
and cherry-picked to the libreoffice-3-5 branch.
This will be fixed in Beta2 (I guess?).
I've filed Bug 43681 for the odd stacked area chart bug.