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import .xml file as calc sheet

asked 2016-06-11 16:55:09 +0200

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I want to replace ms excel with libreoffice calc for one of my clients but calc does not display the XML file in the same way as excel do. I wrote a python script that reads the XML file from standard input and sends a csv file to standard output . I want to create an XML file filter to create a spreadsheet to insert inside calc.

I am very interested in programming in python that you can find at: but to export an XML file to a csv one.

Can you give me some direction to use the python scripts inside libreoffice as the example above?

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answered 2016-06-11 17:24:43 +0200

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I create a simple example for you, see:

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Best regards

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answered 2016-06-11 18:27:54 +0200

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updated 2016-06-11 19:53:41 +0200

Hi Mauritio,

I can adapt my code using your example with no problems to create the spreadsheet but I need one more step . I wish that when the user opens with libreoffice calc an xml file launches my python script to get the spreadsheet back. How I can teach libreoffice calc to load the spreadsheet using my script ?

This solution is close to what makes ms excel that does its best to show the xml file as a spreadsheet.

My code is generic enough to handle many xml files without problems , then I would teach libreoffice to open xml files using calc and do not write how it happens. Where can I find the documentation that explains how to do it ?

Thank you very much.

[Added after response to add details] the use case that I would handle is the following:

1) Mary wants to open an XML file with libreoffice but She want to see it as a spreadsheet in cal. 2) She selects the xml file and using the right mouse button and she choose the option " open with libreoffice calc " 3) calc forwards the xml file to my python script that loads the spreadsheet 4) once the spreadsheet is populated with the values ​​coming from the xml file She can save it in csv or xls or ods file.

I hope I explained it better.

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The better documentation that I know, this here: only spanish

I'm sorry, I'm not understand your question. You ask... how ask to user the file xml?

mauricio gravatar imagemauricio ( 2016-06-11 18:51:44 +0200 )edit
mauricio gravatar imagemauricio ( 2016-06-11 20:23:40 +0200 )edit
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