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Importing Excel XML file


Cuthbert Rumbold
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I have an Excel XML file that we'd like to import directly into FileMaker. I understand that this requires an XSLT file, but I'm unclear on how I would get or create that file.

The XML file isn't actually created by Excel, it's the output from the Wufoo.com online forms provider. As this is going to be a recurring task, we'd like to import the XML directly into FileMaker (rather than take extra steps of importing into Excel, saving, and importing again into FM).

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Yes, that's what it is. So how familiar are you with XSLT? You need to write a custom stylesheet to transform your XML into Filemaker's FMPXMPRESULT grammar.

Not very. :(

So each unique spreadsheet would require a custom stylesheet, there is no generic use-this-for-Excel stylesheet?

BTW, doesn't your service provide a CSV or tab-delimited format?

They might, I'll have to talk to the user that is generating the data.

Thanks!

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there is no generic use-this-for-Excel stylesheet?

Perhaps one could be written - but it would be an awful lot of work to cover all possible variations. The format is already complex enough for even a tailor-made stylesheet.

So how familiar are you with XSLT?

Not very

The question is whether you'd able to adapt an example to your needs.

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