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JSP to Excel, Content-Type: Application/vnd.ms-excel won't work with Excel2003

Posted on 2005-03-01
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hello Experts,

We have an JSP page that export the data to Excel by setting the response (ie Content-Type: Application/vnd.ms-excel). It works fine with Excel 97, but when we upgrade to Excel2003, the document is downloaded and opened fine. However when I want to save as, it thinks it is a HTML document and tries to save it as an web page document. I understand that from there I can change the file type to .xls and it will work fine. This extra step is very annoying and I am wondering if Excel still think it is a HTML document since it is downloaded from an jsp. We want to be able to save the document as an true excel document.


Question by:autoknowledge
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zania22 earned 800 total points
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Try using Apache's POI  project that gives an API to create and read excel files. you could put the logic in your .jsp file, use a servlet or or bean


its stable and works well. Its pretty much like:


//create file

worksheet worksheet  = new workbook()
sheet sheet = workbook.createSheet()
row row = sheet.createRow();
cell cell = cell.createCell();

for example, encapsulated very nice really easy to use

here is the api documentation as well:


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