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Available in ZK Spreadsheet EE only

ZK Spreadsheet allows developers to write their own custom formula functions. One way of implementing them is as a Java static method & declaring using xel-directive and another one is to implement it as EL function and register it in a TLD. Here we describe the second method.


Implement a custom formula function as an EL function and register it in a TLD.

Define EL function

Define your custom formula function as an EL function. For example here is an EL function to convert USD to TWD.

public class CurrencyFns {

	public static double toTWD(double usdNum, double twdRate) {
		return usdNum * twdRate;

Register and config as a TLD

Register above defined toTWD EL function in a TLD as shown below. [1]

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
		User defined functions.

		<function-signature>double toTWD(double,double);</function-signature>
			Returns equivalent amount in TWD for the given USD
  1. More details on defining custom taglib to work with ZK please refer here

Configure this TLD in /metainfo/tld/config.xml which can be find in the classpath. For example, you could put it under WEB-INF/classes/metainfo/tld/config.xml, or as part of a JAR file.



To be able to use above defined toTWD EL Function as a custom ZK Spreadsheet formula fuction declare its registed TLD in your ZUL page using the taglib directive.

<?page title="ZSS" contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8"?>
<?taglib uri="" prefix="zss" ?>
	<window title="ZSS User Defined Functions registered as a tld" border="normal" width="100%" height="100%">
		<spreadsheet width="800px" height="800px"
			src="/WEB-INF/excel/functios/customfunctions.xlsx" maxrows="20" maxcolumns="10">

Note that taglib prefix attribute value must be set to "zss" for ZK Spreadsheet to invoke implementation for such custom formula function.

Using custom formula function in ZK Spreadsheet

Once defined and declared above custom formula function can be used just like any other built-in functions of Excel. Note that when entered in MS Excel it will result in #NAME? being displayed but when entered in ZK Spreadsheet it will we evaluated by invoking custom implementation declared through taglib directive.


View complete source of ZUML tldfunction.zul

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Last Update : 2022/01/19

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