[thelist] Other-than-XLS-format to use for Excel-Worksbooks ?

Stefan Schwarzer st.schwarzer at geois.de
Fri Nov 23 08:10:55 CST 2007

>> Hi there,
>> I am trying to offer alternative download formats in our data portal.
>> CSV is ok for a single sheet.
>> But it seems to be quite difficult if it gets to workbooks -
>> including multiple sheets, and if possible comments. One can use the
>> Excel-XML, but still it seems that it is mainly Excel - and not
>> NeoOffice, OpenOffice etc. - which is able to read that. And it is
>> only supported from version 2003.
>> HTML isn't really a solution, as it seems that one can't import it
>> later into any other Office package.
> Create an HTML page (embed your css), with a table. Save (as text) and
> change its extension to .xls
> Open in Excel 2000/2003+.

Hi guys,

thanks for the prompt reaction.

Actually, I am looking for some kind of format/recommendation how to  
distribute the data for people NOT using Excel. Or, so to say, to use  
a more "open" format.

Although I know that almost all software packages can read Excel, I  
find it a bit "limiting" to offer only XLS format... Or another  
format with some kind of Excel nomenclature.



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