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Reading Native Excel files


Did anyone write a notebook to read native Excel files in Mathematica?
(*.xls under Windows)

So far I have always forced the users to save the excel files as text
files. It works fine, except it requires an extra step and therefore an
extra opportunity for a human error.

I have used Mathlink for Excel in the past and I do not want to use it
for solving this since the whole point of it is to not require
mathematica on those user machines.

thanks.

Luc Barthelet
GM the day, Mayor at night
http://www.simcity.com



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