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Re: Read OpenXML Excel file in OpenOffice.org?



On Wed, 2007-05-23 at 22:02 -0700, Dusty Wilson wrote:
> On 5/23/07, Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.ca> wrote:
> > Dusty Wilson wrote in Article
> > <[🔎] 42670320705221239h1d83861cs5d7da54b843fdd77@mail.gmail.com> posted > > I have data that was exported from MySQL Query Browser to what appears
> > > to be an OpenXML-formatted Excel document. I can't seem to get
> > > OpenOffice.org to open it. Do you guys know how to go about opening
> > > this document?
> >
> > Might try saving it in the traditional Excel format and see if OpenOffice
> > can open that.  Contrary to the name, OpenXML is not open.  Nobody but
> > Microsoft supports it, and only in recent versions of MS Office.
> 
> The real problem is that I have files already stored in this
> non-binary format and I can't open them.  I didn't see a way to export
> from MySQL Query Browser to Excel in any other format, but I could be
> wrong.  But really, that's not the issue.  I just wanted to be able to
> open these (or any other) files that are formatted in this format.
> 
> Regarding OpenXML's openness, it seems like it should be easier for us
> to develop for since we don't (or shouldn't at least!) have to
> reverse-engineer it.

6000+ single spaced pages of specifications, plus an additional 3000+
pages of "external reference" and in any case, it does binary
encapsulation for "legacy" excel formats.

> I'm hoping someone is working to get code into upstream OOo so we can
> start reading those files.  I refuse to install Novell's "special"
> version of OOo, so unless there is a nice way to go about reading
> these files, I'll just do without.

Then you are out of luck. I am sure there is someone somewhere doing it.
In all reality though, it'll probably be YEARS before it'll show up.
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