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How To : Read and Write Office 2003 Excel XML Files

February 12, 2012 8 comments

Office Open XML (OOX) has become the default format with the release of Office 2007, but back in the 2003’s days, Microsoft had already developed a format to store Excel workbooks as XML.
A comprehensive overview is available here :
Dive into SpreadsheetML (Part 1 of 2)
Dive into SpreadsheetML (Part 2 of 2)

Contrary to OOX where data and metadata are stored in a multipart archive, an Excel workbook file in SpreadsheetML 2003 format consists in a single XML instance, and therefore easily managed using built-in Oracle XML functions and XML DB features.
In this article, I’ll focus on how to create and read such files with the help of SQL/XML functions, XSLT and XQuery.
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