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Convert Excel Spreadsheet to XML

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How do I convert an Excel Spreadsheet to a clean XML format?  I know that it tends to include some tedious namespaces, is there a cleaner way?

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efarhat
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Namespaces are a good thing.  If you have Excel 2003, it will save to XML nicely.  "Clean" has different meanings.  For example, do you want to retain the metadata (formatting styles and whatnot) of the spreadsheet?  Or do you just want to get the data (as though to persist in a database)?

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Mike Sharp
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The namespaces are not tedious things.... they are required for the puropse of being viewable and hence editable in Excel. Without the namespaces the spreadsheet could not be reproducible. When you've got your spreadsheet open, just click on 'File' --> 'Save As...'. Then choose 'XML Spreadsheet (*.xml)' from the 'Save as type' combobox. Enter a filename and press OK. It should save the spreadsheet as in XML format and can be opened in Excel anytime.

Hope that helps.
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