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From Johan Kok <>
Subject Re: Excel Generator
Date Sat, 10 Jan 2004 11:29:02 GMT
I've used chaperon for csv transformations, but are a long way from 
something usable. - Hopefully chaperon's new version for csv 
tranformation on cocoon would be usable, and provide a base to work from.

Geoff: I would be interested in what you have done thus far. 

I was also considering taking excell's xml output to convert it for use 
with forrest as a first cut (i.e. converting it to a doc v12 format), or 
alternatively strip all the stylesheet information but keep the 
table,cell,data definitions, and define an xsl tranformation which is a 
mix of doc v12 and the ms excell formats.

Geoff Howard wrote:

> Yves Vindevogel wrote:
>> And through XSP ?
>> <xsp:logic> Code in Java to open the file with POI and generate
>> xml?</xsp:logic>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Joerg Heinicke []
>> Sent: donderdag 8 januari 2004 21:40
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Excel Generator
>> On 08.01.2004 18:15, wrote:
>>> Is it possible to use Excel files as input for a pipeline ?
>> No, it isn't. I guess POI itself is able to do it, but it's not
>> implemented in the Cocoon components.
> I've done something like this but in context just needed to put out
> a final document (not sax stream) and so used dom and did not 
> implement it as a Generator.  I almost went ahead and did a separate 
> implementation for Cocoon but started feeling like the various ways one
> might want to interpret a series of excel spreadsheets as xml was too
> infinitely variable to warrant a quick solution of general use.  
> Because my parsing requirements were complex, it would not be of 
> general use even if I were free to release the code (which I'm not).  
> Still,
> if you (or someone else) want to tackle it I could help.
> Geoff
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