Notes for Excel Users
If you have previously used legacy applications such as Microsoft's
Excel spreadsheet, you already know most of what you need to get
started with Siag. However, Siag is not an Excel emulator,
and it is good to be aware of some of the differences.
In formulas, Excel uses ^ for exponentiation. Siag
has a syntax that is modeled after the C programming language. This
means among other things that ^ is used for bitwise xor. To get
exponentiation, use ** instead (this does not come from C).
In Excel, 2^3 evaluates to 8. In Siag, you must use 2**3 to get the same
result, as 2^3 yields 1.
Another difference is that Siag has
many more operators.
Siag has hundreds of predefined functions. Many of those have Excel
equivalents, but not all. In the
function reference, those functions
which are Excel compatible are marked as such.
Excel has Visual Basic. The primary extension language in Siag
is Scheme, which allows you to define
new functions in a straightforward way - functions which can then
be used directly in your documents.
Siag can also use other
The best way to move files from Excel to Siag is this:
If the procedure above is not possible (say, you have a file in .xls
format but no access to Excel), it is possible to load the file anyway
using Siag's .xls support. Be aware,
though, that doing this will preserve less information.
- Load the file in Excel
- Save the file using Lotus 1-2-3 format (.wk1)
- Load the file in Siag
Ulric Eriksson - July 2000 - firstname.lastname@example.org