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Bug 70841 - FILESAVE: export to Excel 2003 XML (aka XMLSS) format issues
Summary: FILESAVE: export to Excel 2003 XML (aka XMLSS) format issues
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) All
: low normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Depends on:
Blocks: MSO-XML2003
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Reported: 2013-10-24 13:50 UTC by dg
Modified: 2019-11-02 03:46 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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example files for the bugreport (8.62 KB, application/x-zip-compressed)
2013-10-24 13:50 UTC, dg

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Description dg 2013-10-24 13:50:29 UTC
Created attachment 88082 [details]
example files for the bugreport

Problem description:

Export to MS Excel 2003 XML format (aka XMLSS) have following defects:
1. it writes tons on redundant data; see details below;
2. it does not format the XML with CRLF/indents; instead the output goes as two lines.

Please look at the attached files.
abc-msxlsx.xlsx is original file created in Excel Starter 2010.
abc-msxml.xml is file saved as XMLSS by Excel itself.
Now compare it with abc-msxlsx-librexml.xml, which is created by LibreOffice Calc by loading abc-msxlsx.xlsx and then saving in XMLSS. This abc-msxlsx-librexml.xml contains thousands of empty cells!
Note, if open abc-msxml.xml and save in Calc as XMLSS, then it does not have this redundancy: abc-msxml-librexml.xml
Operating System: Windows 7
Version: release
Comment 1 Urmas 2013-10-25 05:50:31 UTC
Exporting Office XML files without line breaks is done intentionally to cause problems with Microsoft software to promote LO instead. Developers refuse to fix it.
Comment 2 dg 2013-10-25 06:27:46 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> Exporting Office XML files without line breaks is done intentionally to
> cause problems with Microsoft software to promote LO instead. Developers
> refuse to fix it.
Comment 3 Urmas 2013-10-25 06:59:14 UTC
See #56943.
Comment 4 dg 2013-10-25 07:06:50 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> See #56943.

I see. Actually I didn't encounter with software that had parsing problems with such LO output, the only who suffers from it is myself, because it's difficult to read such documents in text editors. Remarkable that MS IE shows such XMLs in structured manner.
Comment 5 dg 2013-10-25 15:37:24 UTC
More deep analisys of the 1st problem shows that the problem might be in importing Excel xlsx files, not in exporting to XMLSS; or maybe in both. That's because if create a file in LO itself or import Excel's XMLSS, then export to XMLSS does not produce redundant empty cells.
Comment 6 mesrod 2013-12-14 17:27:04 UTC
Save .odt file as xml.  When try to open it get following:

        This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
Comment 7 retired 2013-12-31 11:33:51 UTC
Can we have a situation update if this still behaves the same with LO

Should this be still reproducible for you with the latest LO release please set this bug back to UNCONFIRMED. Should this issue be solved set it to WORKSFORME.

Setting to NEEDINFO until more detail is provided.
Comment 8 Ruslan Fatakhov 2014-03-30 18:41:21 UTC
I confirm this behavior in
Comment 9 QA Administrators 2014-10-05 23:05:45 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2015-10-14 19:57:55 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 11 Buovjaga 2016-01-30 14:40:17 UTC
Still repro.

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version:
Build ID: 9784ff3d878eaa21491fbd779e57d7d4710f5449
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Windows 6.1; UI Render: default; 
TinderBox: Win-x86@39, Branch:master, Time: 2016-01-30_01:31:57
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI)
Comment 12 QA Administrators 2017-03-06 14:40:17 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 13 Timur 2018-11-01 17:53:57 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 14 QA Administrators 2019-11-02 03:46:16 UTC
Dear dg,

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