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Exporting from Java to MS Word and MS Excel

Trinity Graham

Joined: Nov 06, 2001
Posts: 1
Hi! Is it possible to export data from a Java application to MS Word and MS Excel? If it's possible, how do you do it? We are currently working on a project that uses Java and our application needs to generate reports in MS Word aand MS Excel. Unfortunately, I am completely clueless how to go about this report generation thing. Could anyone please help me? Do you know of any sites where I can get specific information on how to export data from java to MS Word and Excel? Thanks so much.
Michael Ernest
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
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The easiest way to do this for Excel is to output your data as comma-separated values, and pop a .csv on the end of the file name. Excel recognizes this format and will tabularize it for you, but be careful about fields with internal whitespace -- Excel may not handle those as you'd expect.
I'm not sure what you mean by Word format. Do you also want a table for that?
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Kris Nelson
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Joined: Nov 04, 2001
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I may be crazy, but I remember reading that MS Word actually uses XML for formatting it's documents. I'll try to track down the source, but if someone else has heard of such a thing, back me up.

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Colin Kenworthy
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Word can open a .htm or .html file so you could create/format your report with standard html tags.
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