Re: [xsl] XPath Against OpenXML and OpenOffice Spreadsheets?

Subject: Re: [xsl] XPath Against OpenXML and OpenOffice Spreadsheets?
From: "Jay Bryant" <jay@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 15:46:30 -0500
Hi, Ronnie

I've done quite a bit of XSLT work against both OpenOffice and Excel, and what you describe is certainly possible.

If you want to run them together (hard to imagine the case where you would), you'd do:

<xsl:value-of select="path/to/your/column[string-length(.) &gt; 20]"/>

If you want each value on its own line, you could do:

<xsl:template match="path/to/your/column[string-length(.) &gt; 20]">
<xsl:value-of select="."/><xsl:text>


<xsl:for-each select="path/to/your/column[string-length(.) &gt; 20]">
<xsl:value-of select="."/><xsl:text>

If you need to process the same nodes with some other template as well, you can add a mode to one or the other template.

Remember that both Excel and OpenOffice have multiple namespaces, so your path statement will be much longer, but that's the general idea.

(I didn't test any of that, so it might suffer from a typo or something.)


Jay Bryant

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ronnie Royston" <rhroyston@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 3:34 PM
Subject: [xsl] XPath Against OpenXML and OpenOffice Spreadsheets?

All I need to do is retrieve the string value of every cell of column
"A" whose string length is greater than 20 characters in length.

Anyone know how to use XPath to retrieve this from an Excel 2007 file?
What about getting these values from's CALC
spreadsheet via XPath?

Regarding the OpenXML - I've been all over MSDN and it appears to
require an understanding of .rels files and convoluted mappings
between different sub-files???  I know I can use ADO and Microsoft's
Jet Provider to read from an Excel file (and just about anything else)
but I thought that using pure XML technologies would be much cooler.

Is XQuery a better fit for this task?

Even a hint of where to go and look would be appreciated.

- Ronnie

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