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Re: st: -xmlsave- to Excel (for Mac?)
On Apr 5, 2006, at 11:04 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I am using S/E 9.1 for Macintosh. Perhaps I am missing something
woefully obvious, but shouldn't the use of -xmlsave- create a file
that is readable by Excel?? As I understand the help file, the
following syntax ought to create a file (generic spreadsheet) that
Excel can read:
xmlsave gofigure, doc(excel)
After gofigure.xml is created, the file can be opened w/ a text
editor, albeit not w/ MS Excel. Could this be because I'm using a
On Apr 5, 2006, at 11:25 AM, Ronnie Babigumira wrote:
Hmm... works for me. Actually simply double clicking the file
opened it in excel (with text files I would have to open it from
Windows xp pro, MS Office 2003, stata 9.1
I know very little about Excel, and even less (nothing, actually)
about it's xml file format. But I too see a problem (I don't know if
it's the same one reported by Clint). Specifically, if I do the
. sysuse auto
(1978 Automobile Data)
. xmlsave auto.xml, doc(excel)
file auto.xml saved
and then try to open auto.xml in Excel, I get what Excel calls a
"Strict Parse Error" resulting in an inability to read the file.
Note that we're not talking about what happens when you double-click
on the file in the Finder (this depends on how your machine is
configured); I launched Excel, and from within Excel chose File ->
Open. My particulars are: Stata 9.1 (20 Jan 2006) for OS X (10.4.6),
and Excel 2004 for Mac, Version 11.2 (050714).
If this is what you are seeing, I'd suggest one of the following
alternatives: -outsheet-, Stat/Transfer, or ODBC.
Note that the text file for gofigure.xml does not present the file
in what i would consider the "expected" format, i.e. variable names
on the top line followed by the data...
XML is not a flat format (like CSV), but rather a hierarchical one.
Thus, the structure will necessarily be different. Moreover, unless
you open the file in an XML editor, it's going to be difficult to
read (especially if you're not used to it).
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