Steps to reproduce:
1. Create a file with a functioning algorithm that includes IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=0 ( I note that LO calc will convert the word "FALSE" to 0 whether you type it in or it comes from an Excel file)
2.Save the file as an Excel file (.xls, .xlsx etc)
3.Open the file in Excel (I tried it in Excel 2010, and 2007)
LO calc doesn't convert the 0 in IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=0 to "FALSE", and then Excel sees the 0 in IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=0 as the number 0. All subsequent dependent algorithms are then in error (if cell (xx) isn't the number 0.
LO calc should convert the 0 to "FALSE". Similarly, if the algoritm were IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=1, it should convert the 1 to "TRUE" (but, I am not sure why one would ever need to do the latter)
Operating System: Windows 7
Version: 22.214.171.124 release
Calc does not have a distinct boolean type, whereas Excel does and expects it and does not convert numeric type to boolean type. The expression IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=FALSE,...) or IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=0,...) can be rewritten as IF(ISNUMBER(XX)=FALSE(),...) or IF(NOT(ISNUMBER(XX)),...) so that both applications understand it.
It may be desirable to preserve input and imported FALSE and TRUE values by converting them to FALSE() and TRUE() functions.
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Eike, may be it changed anything from 2014 year?
Can't we support also TRUE and FALSE *keywords* as synonyms for 1 and 0, and so import and export them as is? (But converting to functions is also an option, of course; just it wouldn't solve e.g. problems with formulas in CSV)...
https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/c/core/+/86235 is a proof-of-concept to allow using TRUE/FALSE without parens - just for Eike's review. Possibly going with TRUE/FALSE import as functions would be easier and safer - but wanted to explore this possibility first.
https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/c/core/+/86238 is a conservative approach importing TRUE/FALSE as TRUE()/FALSE().
(In reply to himajin100000 from comment #5)
himajin100000: thank you for the code pointer!
Mike Kaganski committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
tdf#83779: convert TRUE/FALSE constants to functions TRUE()/FALSE()
It will be available in 6.5.0.
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
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Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.