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

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Fri Nov 23 08:25:19 CST 2007

On 23 Nov 2007, at 14:10, Stefan Schwarzer wrote:

> 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.


Depends on how complex the workbooks are - are they pure data dumps,  
do they have calculations, or do they make use of Excel's more  
advanced features (like conditional formatting, VLOOKUP and pivot  

If it's just the first two, most other spreadsheeting packages (1-2-3,  
OpenOffice, Apple Numbers etc) should open the workbooks with little  
problem (with the usual caveats about not saving in *the* latest  


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