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Chapter 14. Using Excel on the Web > Saving Your Workbook as an XML File

Saving Your Workbook as an XML File

XML is a file format that enables documents to share data dynamically on the Web or on an intranet. XML documents are text-based files that include codes for structuring and identifying the various data entries and controlling formatting. For example, an XML workbook file might contain a basic text code that labels a particular entry as Customer Name or Part Number. Because these codes are text-based, they are universally recognized by any program that supports XML. Unlike HTML, which controls formatting (the appearance of data onscreen and in print), XML focuses on identifying and structuring the data entries to make them more universally accessible.

Excel 2003 provides additional support for XML files, allowing you to save your workbooks as XML files, open any properly structured XML file in Excel, and create Web queries that extract data from other XML sources on the Internet or your company’s intranet.


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