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Importing/Linking an XML spreadsheet into Access

Posted on 2011-03-13
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Hi Experts,

What is the best way to import/Link an XML spreadsheet into Access?

If I try importing as an XML file it takes forever.
I can convert it to Excel & then it imports fine, but is that the best way?

I mainly work with Office 2003,  but it seems that also in 2010 importing as XML is very slow

Thanks,

Gary
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by:SiddharthRout
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The following example imports an XML file into a new table named XMLFILE in the current database.

Application.ImportXML DataSource:="XMLFILE.xml", ImportOptions:=acStructureAndData

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How are you importing now? XML is nothing more than a strucutred text file, and you can use the XML libraries to do this, but in some cases that's slower than doing it with the code suggested by Sid.
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by:tbsgadi
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I'm trying to import an Excel XML spreadsheet containing 3 sheets.
As I wrote the only success I'm having, is first to convert it to normal excel & then link or import it.

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I'm not clear what you mean by "xml spreadsheet". Is this a spreadsheet saved in XML format, or something along those lines?
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by:tbsgadi
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Yup..It looks the same as excel but with less functionality.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Office_XML_formats
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Hey, buddy...

Define "Forever" in chronological terms...
;-)

How big are these files?
Any special XML formatting?

I just saved the Northwind sample file "Orders" table  (830 records) as an XML file in Excel, then imported it into Access, ...it took no longer than a straight xls file import...

JeffCoachman
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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what's the code you are using for the import?
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by:tbsgadi
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Forever is less than eternity but more than a minute!

To import the same excel takes a second.

No special formatting...regular excel 3 sheets.
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by:tbsgadi
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The same happens both with the above code & manually.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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"Code above"?
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by:tbsgadi
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Application.ImportXML DataSource:="XMLFILE.xml", ImportOptions:=acStructureAndData
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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How about something like this:

DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel12Xml, "TargetTableName", "C:\yourFolder\YourFile.XML", True
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by:tbsgadi
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Thanks, not supported in Access 2003

In 2010 it only works if I first open the workbook, otherwise get error "External Table not in expected format."
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Sorry, I forgot about the Acc03 requirement...

...I never really had the time to work with XML, but I do know that all the Formatting/shcema/template stuff is a bit over my head...

You may want to ask the mods to link this Q to the appropriate XML zone(s)
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I think it's more relevant to the Access/Excel zones.
It looks like I'll be sticking to converting it first to Excel.
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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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