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Re: Your automagic screenshots!

From: Alan Mead
Subject: Re: Your automagic screenshots!
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 13:40:57 -0500
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You are probably aware, but the XLSX format used in recent versions of Excel is significantly more accessible (it's a ZIP file containing XML and similar data) than the older XLS format.

Also, it's fairly easy to open an XLS/XLSX file in LibreOffice and save it as CSV, but you can also use LO in a batch mode (Windows/DOS example):

"C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\scalc.exe" --convert-to csv "excel_file.xls"

produces "excel_file.csv" in CSV format.


On 3/22/2022 1:29 PM, Ben Pfaff wrote:
It's an extraordinarily common feature request, so if there's a
practical way to support direct import then we should consider it.

On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 11:26 AM John Darrington
<> wrote:
So far as I'm aware, there's no way of importing directly from excel.  You would
first have to convert the excel file to something else like gnumeric or 


On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 10:45:32AM +0100, Friedrich Beckmann wrote:
      Hi John,

      i just had a look at your automagic screenshots that you take for the 
documentation. Very nice. This Nina who asked on the mailing list 

      how to import from Excel mentioned that it would be nice to have a 
description for this in the manual. I wanted to propose her that she could
      make such a manual which would currently mean to write the texi code 
which would require to have a build system running to see the rendered pages. 
Automagic screenshots would be even more advanced.

      Did you ever propose users just to make some kind of handcrafted tutorial 
or documentation, provide it in pdf under some CC license and we would publish 
it on the gnu website?



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