When you think to import XML file in Excel, it is much easier to convert created xml file into Excel format and open it in Microsoft Office Excel.
As a first step, we open an XML source file and validate it. During the validation process, we check the data structure of the XML for errors. If there are a lot of errors in the XML file structure - we couldn't process such file.
On the parsing step we import XML data file, read and understand the data structure and extract the data from the XML.
When the data from the source XML file is extracted, the next step is to transform the data from XML-based representation into the table-representation such as the Excel format.
XML to Excel converter uses the following rules to transform the data:
- Every XML tag represents the separate table column
- Every XML attribute represents the separate table column
- Data is combined based on the upper level XML tags
Once the data is transformed into table representation and combined based on the XML to Excel converter rules, it is saved into the Excel file.
XML is an abbreviation from "Extensible Markup Language".
XML is both machine-readable and human-readable format and can be edited in any text editor.
XML Tags should have a correctly defined names, starting with a character, and not a number.
not valid: <1stWeekData>
Special characters inside XML like <, >, &, ' and " should be escaped as follows:
- < represents "<"
- > represents ">"
- & represents "&"
- ' represents "'"
- " represents '"'
XML encoding is defined in the XML file as the first line:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
We support all encoding formats. The most popular encoding is "UTF-8".
Excel format is the file format used in Microsoft Office Excel program.
File in Excel format has extension: .xls or .xlsx, depending on the Excel version.
Excel has the following limits when user open the file in Microsoft Office Excel program:
- Max number of rows: 1,048,576 rows
- Max number of columns: 16,384 columns
- Column width: 255 characters
- Max number of characters in cell: 32,767 characters
- Max number of Hyperlinks in a worksheet: 66,530 hyperlinks
If you experience issues related to the Excel format limits - consider using CSV format and our XML to CSV converter