Created attachment 110898 [details]
gradient and solid data bars in excel
Presently, conditional formatting data bars are colored as gradients from a particular color to white and it would be useful to also have the option for the data bar to be a solid color.
In addition to coding the data bar be a solid color rather than a gradient, the ability to change between solid color and gradient should be added to the conditional formatting dialog (attachment 109791 [details]), likely in the form of a drop down control. Additionally, this feature switch/toggle would likely been needed to be added to the ODF format.
This feature is available in Excel 2010+ and having this feature would also improve MSO compatibility.
Created attachment 110899 [details]
3D data bars
In addition to solid data bars, another option that could be added is 3D looking data bars by adding a 1 or 2 pixel inner bevel effect to the data bars. Mockups in the attached image.
Created attachment 110901 [details]
excel 2010 data bar dialog
Was digging through Excel's data bar features and noticed that they also have a feature to hide the field's value called 'Show Bar Only'.
Sounds good to me, setting to NEW.
Katarina Behrens committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
Related tdf#87356: import data bar [non-]gradient from OOXML
It will be available in 4.5.0.
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:
Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Those two commit notifications weren't added:
Since now UI for switching between gradient and solid fill is there + export/import works both for ODF and OOXML, I'm setting this to fixed
Thanks Katarina for fixing this in both the UI and filters.
I've sent in a patch for some minor tweaks.
This bug fix is mentioned in the release notes of the coming LibreOffice 5.0 (see release notes https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0). Therefore it would be wonderful if this feature really worked well, otherwise it should not be mentioned in the release notes. In the notes it reads:
UI for Data bars with a solid background. (feature without UI has been available since 3.6) tdf#87356 (Katarina Behrens)