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Subject: Fields that straddle columns do not return the value of the first cell.
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:51:12 -0500
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From: Adam Krolnik <>


Here is a problem report and a patch for handling cells that straddle columns.
The code was there to mark a cell as being straddling, but there was no code for
handling the value.

I've included a program to show the example and the output before and after the fix.
Please consider adding this to the next version.


perl -v
  This is perl, v5.8.5 built for i686-linux

uname -a
  Linux ptxlw158 2.6.18-92.el5 #1 SMP Tue Apr 29 13:16:15 EDT 2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    Soli Deo Gloria
    Adam Krolnik
    Director of Design Verification
    VeriSilicon Inc.
    Plano TX. 75074
    Co-author "Assertion-Based Design", "Creating Assertion-Based IP"

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On Wed Apr 18 17:51:29 2012, wrote:
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> Here is a problem report and a patch for handling cells that straddle > columns.
Hi, Thanks for the detailed report. I'll try get that fix into the next version of the module. Regards, John. --

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