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1) State the issues as clearly and as concisely as possible. A simple program or Excel test file (see below) will often explain the issue better than a lot of text.

2) Provide information on your system, version of perl and module versions. The following program will generate everything that is required. Put this information in your bug report.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w

    print "\n    Perl version   : $]";
    print "\n    OS name        : $^O";
    print "\n    Module versions: (not all are required)\n";

    my @modules = qw(

    for my $module (@modules) {
        my $version;
        eval "require $module";

        if (not $@) {
            $version = $module->VERSION;
            $version = '(unknown)' if not defined $version;
        else {
            $version = '(not installed)';

        printf "%21s%-24s\t%s\n", "", $module, $version;


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4) Create a small example program that demonstrates your problem. The program should be as small as possible. A few lines of codes are worth tens of lines of text when trying to describe a bug.

5) Supply an Excel file that demonstrates the problem. This is very important. If the file is big, or contains confidential information, try to reduce it down to the smallest Excel file that represents the issue. If you don't wish to post a file here then send it to me directly:

6) Say if the test file was created by Excel, OpenOffice, Gnumeric or something else. Say which version of that application you used.

7) If you are submitting a patch you should check with the maintainer whether the issue has already been patched or if a fix is in the works. Patches should be accompanied by test cases.

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Subject: Column formats are not applied
The series continues (same environment as previous tickets) When a column has a default format, it is not applied to cells without one, including undefined cells. To reproduce, open an empty spreadsheet in Excel. Enter 'x' in cells A5 and B1 (To define a non-empty range). Select column B, and add a fill color. Now save and process the sheet. B1 will have the background color, but b2-b5 will not. One can patch this with a bit of post-processing, but the Spreadsheet::ParseExcel should return the column format for those cells. Here is the post-processing logic that I use: for( my $col = 0; $col < $lastCol; $col++ ) { my $colFmtNo = $wks->{ColFmtNo}[$col]; if ( defined $colFmtNo && ( my $colFmt = $workbook->{Format}[$colFmtNo] ) ) { for ( my $row = 0 ; $row <= $lastRow ; $row++ ) { my $cell = $wks->get_cell( $row, $col ); unless ($cell) { $cell = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Cell->new( Val => '', FormatNo => $colFmtNo, Code => undef, Format => $colFmt, Type => 'Text', _Kind => 'BLANK', _Value => '', ); $wks->{Cells}[$row][$col] = $cell; next; } my $format = $cell->get_format; unless ($format) { $cell->{Format} = $colFmt; next; } } (This looks a little strange because the code it comes from is also doing other things.) It appears that if a cell has a format, it completely defines the format of the cell; that is, it's not necessary to merge format fields from the cell with the column. For example, if you add a border to b3, b3 will already have a format structure that has the background color as well as the border.

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