I was editing some Excel sheets. Being a manager, I am just good at this piece of software it seems 🙂 People also warn that if I become executive, Excel will be substituted with Powerpoint.
Anyway, let us return to Excel. It lets me copy-paste in handsome manner. I can paste with/without format, with/without formula and also paste transverse (rows and columns flipped). As a user of Emacs (!a manager using Emacs!) I remember pasting in inverted order also. Excel notably misses this part.
However, yesterday I realized need for one more way of pasting – bottom-up pasting. It is easy to confuse it with Emacs’ inverted pasting. Here is the difference:
Emacs’ inverted pasting still pastes in “forward” direction, from the cursor rightwards.
What I wanted was to paste from cursor leftwards or upwards.
- “Pasting information” direction may be straight or inverted (like that Emacs’ option)
- Pasting direction (as in my requirement) is different and independent from “Pasting information” direction
- Pasting direction may be rightwards (as usually done) or leftwards. In 1-D it may not make difference but in 2-D it will make huge difference
- Transverse pasting is yet another, independent activity
BTW, are we slowly gathering requirements for Excel++ here? Is 2-D programming really emerging here?