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From Geoff Howard <ghow...@crosswalk.com>
Subject RE: Excel generator
Date Tue, 23 Jul 2002 16:16:11 GMT
Well, I'll make a stab at what I would think could be useful for a generator
from an excel file.  I can think of two logical directions people would want
to go.

1) If you are serializing to some display format (html, pdf, etc) you'd want
to reproduce the data and formatting as it would appear viewed in, or
printed from excel.
2) If you are using excel as a make-shift database, you would want to
preserve the data structure so that it can be transformed and acted on or
displayed.

I would assume that both of these uses could be accomplished by just
outputting the format that would have created the same style sheet to begin
with, except possibly for the option to output formula results instead of
the formulas.  Most users would assume the formats and behaviour to be close
to symetric - if start with an .xls file, run it through the generator and
serializer, I ought to wind up pretty close to where I started if not
exactly where I started.

Does that work for a discussion starter?

Geoff

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew C. Oliver [mailto:acoliver@apache.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:57 AM
> To: cocoon-users@xml.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Excel generator
> 
> 
> But the more important part of my answer was "What do you 
> want on your 
> generator, and
> what do you wish you had on your serializer  --  would you like fries 
> too?"  Meaning I need ideas!  
> I'm on the fence,  I want some input.
> 
> -Andy
> 
> Sven Kuenzler wrote:
> 
> >> Is there an Excel Generator, which creates *from* an Excel 
> (xls) file
> >> some XML? Or what approach would you take to convert existing Excel
> >> documents into some useful XML?
> >
> >
> > I think the previous responses missed the *from* (my emphasis) :-)
> > So, read Andy's answer on the dev list. In short: No, there is no 
> > HSSFGenerator (yet).
> >
> >     Sven
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 
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