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Copy Excel data into HTML webpage

Posted on 2014-01-20
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Hi,

I have a simple HTML form like this, laid out with 3 lines of 3 input fields:

<form name="test">
<input type="text"><input type="text"><input type="text"><br>
<input type="text"><input type="text"><input type="text"><br>
<input type="text"><input type="text"><input type="text"><br>
</form>

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I have an Excel file, 3 rows by 3 columns, with data like this (without the dots):

1.....4.....7
2.....5.....8
3.....6.....9


If I select those 9 cells in Excel, copy them and then select an input field on my HTML form and then paste, the contents of the 9 Excel cells all go into the 1 input field.

Is there any way to have those 9 cells pasted into my 9 HTML input fields (without having to do them one by one) and if so, can someone please provide a script to do it?

Many thanks
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Question by:kbit
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by:Big Monty
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you would need to either paste the contents of the excel file into one field and then parse it out, or you would need to open the excel file server side and parse it out.

what are you ultimately trying to do? If you want to be able to edit the excel spreadsheet, have a look at this jquery plugin:

http://handsontable.com/
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by:kbit
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"you would need to either paste the contents of the excel file into one field and then parse it out,"

This sounds like a possibility, maybe submit the contents and somehow split it all out using PHP?
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Big Monty earned 500 total points
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here's a tutorial that does just that:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-phpexcel/index.html

it requires a database to save the results in, not sure if that's part of your requirements...
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by:kbit
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Yes this method will work perfectly, thank you for your help
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