Engineering Notation in Calc!

Asked by Tom Bell on 2012-05-24

As far as I have been able to determine, there is no way to implement Engineering Notation in LO. Why? It was requested time and again since 2002 in Open Office, but since the separation of LO from OOo it has been completely dropped from the list of requested features. This is a serious lack in LO that prevents Engineers switching from MS Word to LO.
It doesn't have to be an ODF standard, it could be a few buttons on the Calc window. You could have "Standard", "Scientific" and "Engineering Notation" buttons to change only the displayed information in the numeric cells. None of the underlying data would change, only the display.
Standard --> 1934
Scientific --> 1.934 x 10^3
Engineering Notation --> 2k or 2.0 x 10^3 (depending on the user's preference)
This would not be too difficult to implement from a coding standpoint since the code to implement has already been uploaded to the "bugs" site many times. I could also upload it again in both C++ and Python code.
This is NOT about changing the numbers, only the display of numbers. Hopefully, it will attract more engineers to LO away from that awful MS environment.
Thank you!

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