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From Geoff Howard <>
Subject RE: Excel generator
Date Tue, 23 Jul 2002 17:59:57 GMT

> >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.
> >
> You can of course do an approximation of this in any format via a 
> stylesheet.  Granted it won't look *eactly* the same due to 
> differences 
> (HTML borders are vastly different from Excel's).  

Yes, and it may be good to provide a standard "out of the box" stylesheet
that does this.

> Yes so the question I guess is assuming you can transform it 
> via XSLT to 
> whatever you like given the effort.  What format (XML tag 
> format) makes 
> most since?  Preserving the gnumeric compatibility?  A custom format 
> that makes more sense?  Striving for Excel 2000 XML format 
> compatibility?  
> Currently the serializer shares the gnumeric tag language.

I haven't been able to find the current gnumeric tag language documented
either at, or at the poi site at jakarta.  If the new native Excel
format is great, that'd be worth considering, but I don't see much of a
reason that it would matter what the intermediate format is - you either
want to go from an excel spreadsheet or to an excel spreadsheet (or both),
but what it is in the middle doesn't matter much (except for those writing
any transformation process in the middle).  The only vote for the new native
excel xml would be that the total universe of people who will be familiar
with it will likely vastly out number those familiar with gnumeric.


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