The exportcell( is necessary for presenting data in a View-as-List. However, I do need to do a selection of the data such that only those records whose DATE field is <= 365 days old. The Data Sheet has no problem with this because the data type for the date arithmetic is in place.
Exportcell('s UsePattern is mainly for formatting the resulting conversion to text; the same with exportdataarray( . What would cut to the chase is the VaL’s ability to accept the selection in place in the Data Sheet, instead of asking for that selection to be done in the VaL’s xportcell('s conversions.