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I -think- that tagsets.tableeditor uses HTML and then some kind of Javascript or VB script to write to Excel once the HTML page loads. It's taking advantage of some of the onload, onclick scripting stuff, I think. And it only works with IE.

Tagsets.ExcelXP is pure XML -- Microsoft Spreadsheet ML XML. I don't know how Micosoft interacts with embedded scripts or even whether they would work in the 2003 flavor of Spreadsheet ML XML.

Microsoft technology is dark and murky to me. So I don't know whether it is even possible to meld the two technologies (HTML/XML) into one tagset template from the SAS end. Also, Microsoft has further muddied the waters with the new ".xlsx" format. What I find totally amazing is that you can rename an ".xlsx" file to ".zip" and then open the file with WinZip and see that .xlsx files are really just a collection of related files -- some xml, some css, etc. So that's 3 differing technologies to keep up with HTML-based, 2003-XML-based and 2007-"new"-XML-based.

I really admire the ODS folks and Tech Support and Tagset Template people for managing to know so much SAS -and- so much Microsoft technology.


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