This morning I was thinking about how we’re stuck with pretty much the
interface VisiCalc gave us back in 1980 (without the user-friendliness) and it doesn’t have to be that way.
90% of people that use spreadsheets don’t even know how get the sum for a column. Which is the whole reason spreadsheets were invented! That stuff should be automatic. Highlight and click the big green plus sign. Or select a row and type a word and hit “filter” or “count”
I like the idea of storing formulas, but I think I could go further to make it easier, so grandma can use it like a calculator backed by a database. So she buys crap like QuickBooks to balance her checkbook. It’s not that it’s too hard to do, it’s that the UI of spreadsheets is so horrible.
I think we can do better and I’m toying with the idea of building a
better spreadsheet. There has to be a better interface.