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XSLT to transform Excel XML spreadsheet to CSV or HTML table

, 15 Jul 2003
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XSLT to transform Excel XML spreadsheet to CSV or HTML table.


One day, I needed to create a conversion of MS Excel saved XML spreadsheet to CSV file. I believe the MS Office Web Component (OWC) ver. 10 spreadsheet component can also expose XML data.

Practical use

Here is an example web page showing how to use OWC spreadsheet with it.

The Script

<script language="JavaScript">

    function action()
        //get the xmldata
        var strXML = Spreadsheet1.XMLData
        // create xml object
        var xml = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")
        xml.async = false

        // Load XSL
        var xsl = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")
        xsl.async = false

        // Transform
        form1.csvValue.value = xml.transformNode(xsl)
        // csv submit to backend 
        // alert(form1.xmlValue.value) 


The Body

  <h3> Payroll Input Form </h3>
   <OBJECT id="Spreadsheet1" style="WIDTH: 100%; HEIGHT: 80%" 
           classid="clsid:0002E551-0000-0000-C000-000000000046" >
    <PARAM NAME="xmlURL" VALUE="book_no_xsl.xml">
  <form id="form1" method="post" runat="server">
    <input type="button" onclick="action()">
   <input id="csvValue" type="hidden" name="csvValue">

How to Use it

Simply unzip and look at book.xml.


Here is a piece of code I use to transform Excel XML to CSV.

'Create a new XslTransform object.
Dim xslt As New XslTransform
'Load the stylesheet.
xslt.Load(Server.MapPath(".") & "excel2csv.xsl")

Dim doc As New XmlDocument
'xmldata is string, use doc.Load(fileName) for file.

'Create an XmlTextWriter which outputs to a file.
Dim fileName As String
fileName = Server.MapPath(".") & "book.csv"

Dim writer As XmlWriter = New XmlTextWriter(fileName, Nothing)
'Transform the data and send the output to the console.

xslt.Transform(doc, Nothing, writer, Nothing)


-- May the code be with you.


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About the Author

Web Developer
United States United States
Frank is a Sr. UI Software Engineer specialized in MFC and Business Applications.
He has worked in BROADBASE, KANA, Macromeda and Siebel Systems.

Comments and Discussions

NewsVariation: Reformatting Excel XML to "usable" XML with proper element names. PinmemberAnamera2-Jun-14 4:22 
GeneralTransformation Not Always Correct PinmemberCyberKnet28-Mar-05 7:45 
Generalxml to csv PinsussPablo Nuñez15-Dec-03 6:51 
GeneralNot a lot of credibility PinmemberDirk Vandenheuvel16-Jul-03 23:55 
GeneralRe: Not a lot of credibility PinmemberJohn M. Drescher17-Jul-03 4:38 
GeneralRe: Not a lot of credibility PinmemberfolderMonkey17-Jul-03 7:13 
GeneralRe: Not a lot of credibility Pinmemberjemodurn17-Jul-03 7:30 
GeneralRe: Not a lot of credibility PinmemberJohn M. Drescher17-Jul-03 11:54 
GeneralRe: Not a lot of credibility Pinmemberzakriah12-Mar-07 9:39 
I don't think that's being very fair. It's just a simple example which true programmers wouldn't just cut and paste but get an idea of what needs to be done.
QuestionCan not download the source zip file PinmemberChemutury16-Jul-03 9:26 
AnswerRe: Can not download the source zip file Pinmemberjemodurn16-Jul-03 16:33 
GeneralCannot download PinmemberJesterka10-Jul-03 0:32 

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