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Subject: RE: XML to EXCEL problem...
From: cknell@xxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 08:45:23 -0500
RE:  XML to EXCEL problem...
Unfortunately, your problem is not an XSLT problem, but an Excel problem. As you have said, the transformation results in a file that Excel can open, the problem appears when you use Excel to save the file.

You have made a statement which, while no doubt perfectly accurate, is ambiguous:
.. "when i modify it (text bold for example) and i save-close it ..."

I have done a great deal of generating Excel spreadsheets with XSLT. I was targeting an older version of Excel that did not have an XML format for saving the file, instead I had to use HTML as the target format. When I chose the "Save as ..." option from Excel, I was presented with a large number of format options. 

What file format option did you choose when you did the save-close? You may not have explicitly chosen an option, and therefor got the default. What that specifically means will vary from one Excel release to another. I might help to know exactly what the format was.

You might experiment by saving the file in various format (HTML for example), then repeat the re-formatting with Excel experiment and try reopening the file in Excel and viewing the file in your text editor to find some clues.

Charles Knell
cknell@xxxxxxxxxx - email

-----Original Message-----
From:     batis batuus <batis.04@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent:     Sun, 16 Dec 2007 10:26:18 +0100
To:       xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:   XML to EXCEL problem...

I'm using xslt to transform an xml file to an excel spreadsheet...
<?xml version="1.0"?>
              <writers>Henry VANDEN, Christina MONAY, Jarod SITH</writers>
              <title>The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:
Teaching of
Arithmetic (10th yearbook)</title>
              <writers>Ronald Staszkow</writers>
              <title>Developmental Mathematics: Basic Arithmetic with
Introductions to Algebra and Geometry</title>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:ss="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet" >
<xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes" encoding="UTF-8" />

<xsl:template match="library">
<Workbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"

              <xsl:attribute name="ss:Name">Publications title</xsl:attribute>
                      <xsl:apply-templates select="library"/>
                                      <Data ss:Type="String">Title</Data>

                      <xsl:for-each select="book">
                                              <Data ss:Type="String">
                                              <xsl:value-of select="title"/>

That gives me an xml file wich i can open with ms-excel.....
The problem is when i modify it (text bold for example) and i
save-close it... I can't re-open it anymore!!!???
when i edit the file i found that excel added some binary data (in
PageSetup tag)....
*****xml-xls file*****
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?mso-application progid="Excel.Sheet"?>
<Workbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"
 xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" xmlns:user="urn:my-scripts">
 <DocumentProperties xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">
 <ExcelWorkbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel">
 <Style ss:ID="Default" ss:Name="Normal">
 <Alignment ss:Vertical="Bottom"/>
 <Style ss:ID="s22">
 <Alignment ss:Horizontal="Center" ss:Vertical="Bottom"/>
 <Font x:Family="Swiss" ss:Bold="1"/>
 <Worksheet ss:Name="Publications title">
 <Table ss:ExpandedColumnCount="1" ss:ExpandedRowCount="3" x:FullColumns="1"
 x:FullRows="1" ss:DefaultColumnWidth="60">
 <Column ss:AutoFitWidth="0" ss:Width="408.75"/>
 <Row ss:StyleID="s22">
  <Cell><Data ss:Type="String">Title</Data></Cell>
  <Cell><Data ss:Type="String">The National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics: Teaching of Arithmetic (10th yearbook)</Data></Cell>
  <Cell><Data ss:Type="String">Developmental Mathematics: Basic
Arithmetic with Introductions to Algebra and Geometry</Data></Cell>
 <WorksheetOptions xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel">
  <Header x:Margin="BINARY DATA"/>
  <Footer x:Margin="BINARY DATA"/>
  <PageMargins x:Bottom="BINARY DATA"
   x:Right="BINARY DATA"/>
Please what's wrong whith this??

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