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Brandon H.Subject: XSL / XML to create Excel Reports
Author: Brandon H.
Date: 09 Nov 2005 10:32 AM
I am working with an XSL stylesheet transforming XML data and rendering an Excel spreadsheet. I am having a problem with the namespaces which go along with the <Workbook> tag.

<xsl:template match="/">
<?mso-application progid="Excel.Sheet"?>
<Workbook xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
xmlns:x="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel"
xmlns:ss="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"
xmlns:html="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40">

Since the namespaces are declared within the xsl:template tag, when I am trying to piece out the report sections into separate <xsl:template match="blah"> tags it is not finding the namespaces.

<Row ss:AutoFitHeight="0" ss:Height="13.5">
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
<Cell ss:StyleID="s22"/>
</Row>

Above is the code I would have moved into a sub-template, and the ss: prefix is not resolving. Is there a way to include the namespaces in these templates without including <Workbook> tag?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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(Deleted User) Subject: XSL / XML to create Excel Reports
Author: (Deleted User)
Date: 09 Nov 2005 01:52 PM
Brandon,

If you put the namespace declaration on the xsl:stylesheet element
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:ss="...."

then the xslt processor should handle the rest. It will put the declaration on the top element of your output document.

Clyde Kessel

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Brandon H.Subject: XSL / XML to create Excel Reports
Author: Brandon H.
Date: 09 Nov 2005 03:33 PM
Clyde,

Thanks for your feedback...turns out the solution was as follows:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
xmlns:x="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel"
xmlns:ss="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"
xmlns:html="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40">

<xsl:template match="/">
<?mso-application progid="Excel.Sheet"?>
<Workbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet">

All of the namespaces needed to be moved to the opening <xsl:stylesheet> tag. Also, the xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet" found in the <Workbook> tag must be included in any sub templates as follows:

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

I hope this saves someone a lot of frustration and time.

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Ivan PedruzziSubject: XSL / XML to create Excel Reports
Author: Ivan Pedruzzi
Date: 09 Nov 2005 04:35 PM
Brando

Here a suggestion to keep your style-sheet easy to read without re-define the default name-space (xmlns="...") that can be a dangerous practise.

Having the name-space declared in each template make the style-sheet unnecessary verbose. What Clyde suggested is a cleaner solution.

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
xmlns:x="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel"
xmlns:ss="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet">

<xsl:template match="/">

<!-- watch out! you need to do this to generate the processing instruction for MS Office loader -->

<xsl:processing-instruction name="mso-application">progid="Excel.Sheet"</xsl:processing-instruction>

<ss:Workbook>
...
</ss::Workbook>

every time you have to output an element or attribute that has to be in the urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet name-space you have use prefix ss:

The point is it doesn't matter which prefix you choose as long is mapped to the right name-space.

Hope this helps
Ivan Pedruzzi
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