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From MSB <markbrd...@tiscali.co.uk>
Subject Re: Populating EXCEL Templates using configuration files
Date Mon, 01 Mar 2010 16:11:31 GMT

Richard, I just re-read your post and wanted to ask whether you knew that
there were two different 'versions' of Excel's xml file format. The earlier
format was introduced for, I think, version 2003 and so you need to be
careful to identify just which 'version' of the xml file format you are
using. The one I am familiar with, and which is supported by POI, is the
format that is documented in ECMA376 and, as my earlier post indicates, is a
zipped archive consisting of several related files and folders. The earlier
version uses a much simpler format and it is possible to identify which one
you have by opening the file using a simple text editor. If the file
conforms to the earlier format then you will be able to open the file with a
text editor and view the raw xml directly; obviously this will not be the
case if you are dealing with the later - version 2007 and later - version of
the file format.


Mark B

PS The code I included in my last post will NOT work for the earlier file

Richard Holmes-2 wrote:
> Hi All,
> A client of mine is looking to export a java object model to various EXCEL
> sheets.  These sheets are not of any particular format or layout and they
> would like to be able to use some form of configuration files to populate
> the sheets how they wish, the EXCEL version being used is 2003.
> The options I am looking into are:
> 1) Use the XML features in EXCEL to populate the workbook - but in this
> case
> I can not find a way of updating the XML source in Java, in .net is it
> ImportXML.
> 2) Use some sort of configuration take the java or XML object and populate
> the sheets/cells in Excel, I have tried jxls but this does not have the
> flexibility other than this I have come up short.  (I am looking into
> using
> mono but I don't believe this is possible either).
> 3) Use EXCEL macros to re-format the data once in the sheet, but again
> this
> requires the users to perform actions, such as allowing macros to be run.
> Some of our users find this a complex proceedure :)
> I have thought of writing my own engine but the deadlines are too short.
> If anyone has any ideas I would be very greatful, the easiest for me would
> be to find a way of updating XML or find an engine that uses a
> configuration
> file to populate EXCEL.
> Many thanks
> Richard

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