I pieced together a way to do this from other suggestions I found on the
mailing list and elsewhere. This is more of a trick to get Excel to think
it has an Excel file, but it doesn't truly generate an Excel file.
Thanks to Excel versions 97 and up (don't recall 95) having nice little
HTML import abilities we can trick it into loading a plain old HTML table
and treating it as an Excel file. Here is how you do it.
The following headers will let you throw the file for download so the
client can save it to their computer. Just name it with .xls and then
when they try to open it Excel will automatically convert it from HTML.
You can change this to "inline" if you want IE to display it in the
header("Content-Type: application/vnd.ms-excel; name='excel'");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=filename.xls");
Now, as far as the data goes, it's simple, just make your run of the mill
HTML table. The usual for loop for database records will do, and you
will just end up with something like this
<td>Column with Text</td>
<td>Column with Numbers</td>
<td>Column with Numbers/Text with leading zeros</td>
<td>I am text</td>
When Excel loads that it will make a 3 column sheet and fill in the data.
Any cells you want to keep with leading zerios you use ="0012" in the
HTML table as the data. Otherwise the column will be treated as numeric
when it is loaded. Text stays as text.
There are some tricks as well where you can store forumlas in the actual
HTML table cells so when the sheet is loaded it would calculate the sum,
avg, whatever of the columns or sheet. I don't recall how to do that off
the top of my head but I think you just plugged in regular formulae into
the HTML table cells. Try it if you need it.
>From there the user might have to set some data types for some columns as
I don't think they can be set. You might want to check some of the help
on MS Excel 2K or XP as I'm very sure the HTML capabilities are much more
advanced than with 97 which we still use.
I hope that helps everyone out a little. There are limitations with this
method, but to just get a file that someone can safely open in Excel, it
is a very convenient way to do it rather than having to muck around with
Have a good weekend,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
On 7/13/01, 12:58:18 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Jorge Alvarez) wrote
regarding Export to Excel:
> One of my clients is requesting me to export some data from PHP-generated
> pages to MS Excel files. I have no clue on how to do such export with
> I'm using PHP/Apache/Linux Mandrake.
> What options do I have?
> Your help is very appreciated.
> Jorge Alvarez
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