Created attachment 100338 [details]
Example of bug
Allow blank cells selected, as shown on page 51 in LibreOffice 4.1 Calc guide, does not allow to input a blank cell from a selected cell range that consists a blank cell.
In this attached example the Tools > Detective > Mark invalid Data, does not have any action on tis problem.
Thank you for this bug report.
Reproducible since at least LO 4.0.6 under Ubuntu 14.04 x86-64
Best regards. JBF
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Still reproducible with LO 188.8.131.52+ built at home under Ubuntu 15.04 x86-64.
Note: works if, instead of using a empty cell, the blank cell contains only a space character.
Best regards. JBF
same in LibreOffice 3.3.0
Proposed fix: https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/38124
As a side note, for MSO compatibility, if a blank is the last entry (for example, if an entire column is chosen for validation, but even if a very specific range includes an empty cell as the last cell), then it shouldn't be added to the list. Currently, LO does add a blank entry at the end of the combobox list.
I'm not proposing to make that change, but just making a note of it. The UI team would need to decide whether that is an "error" affecting all of LO, or simply a compatibility issue (which would complicate things a bit). Certainly it could become someone's "regression" in .ods.
Created attachment 133888 [details]
patch that prevents the last entry from being a blank unless explicity selected.
(In reply to Justin L from comment #5)
> I'm not proposing to make that change, but just making a note of it.
Justin Luth committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
tdf#79571 sc FilterSelect: accept empty strings
It will be available in 5.5.0.
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
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Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.