Need help reading XML data

glennmgray
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We received data from a customer that contains a parts list for an assembly they want us to build for them.  The data is in XML and I have no idea how to read it.  Looking at the contents of the files it appears to be an excel file, but excel only reads in individual files which come in as gibberish.  I have attached a text file showing the directory structure.  I can't include the files themselves as they contain customer proprietary data.  Is there any program that can read everything in and make sense of it?

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mebaby333It Admin

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You can import the data into Excel :)

Here is a Technet article on how to choose the options when importing

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/import-xml-data-HP010206405.aspx

Do you know how to go about importing? If not what version of Office are you using?
Robert SchuttSoftware Engineer

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It's probably even a bit simpler than that: it's actually just an excel file but of the newer kind. The extension should be .xlsx, if you can't open it in an older version of Excel, you can download the compatibility pack here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3

If you don't have Excel at all, you can download the Excel viewer here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10
Robert SchuttSoftware Engineer

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PS: re-reading your post I guess you unzipped the file, that's where the problem started, it should be left in one piece.
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Sorry for taking so long to get back to this.  If I leave everything in a zip file, how do I read it into excel?  I tried reading the zip file from excel and it tells me it can't read the file format.
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2 questions:
- Is the extension of the "zip" file .xlsx?
- which version of excel do you use?

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The extension was .zip which was why I tried unzipping it.  I changed it to .xlsx and it worked!  Thanks.

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