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Posted by: peterg Nov 2 2006, 12:47 AM

Hi,

Could anybody tell me how one could display an excel file in a browser. They must be able to work on it and then save the work done, so other people could browse to it and see the changes, they also need the option to be able to download it.

Please help thanks,

Peter

Posted by: Brian Chandler Nov 2 2006, 03:00 AM

QUOTE(peterg @ Nov 2 2006, 02:47 PM) *

Hi,

Could anybody tell me how one could display an excel file in a browser. They must be able to work on it and then save the work done, so other people could browse to it and see the changes, they also need the option to be able to download it.

Please help thanks,

Peter


See the top of this page: "... Making the Web accessible to all"

But your application seems to be about sharing Excel files, which are proprietary to a rather unpleasant corporation, presumably within a working group. If you really want to let _anyone_ modify this file, you need to look up "Wiki"; but allowing _anyone_ to modify a spreadsheet (perhaps that's what you mean by "Excel" ™?) is a *crazy* idea, because no-one can ever be sure of what calculations the spreadsheet is doing any more.

I suggest you rethink, carefully, just what you need to do. It doesn't currently seem to have anything to do with creating web pages.



Posted by: Peter1968 Nov 2 2006, 03:18 AM

A rule of the Internet: if you can see something in your browser, you've downloaded it.

To view an Excel file, use a viewer...
http://www.microsoft.com/office/000/viewers.asp

To edit it, they will need a spreadsheet program capable of reading/writing Excel files.

This doesn't really sound like something suited to a browser. It's more of a workgroup/collaboration thing IMHO, and that may be the option you want to look at.

Posted by: Darin McGrew Nov 2 2006, 01:59 PM

There are two basic approaches:

  1. Let people download MS Excel files from a web server, edit the files with whatever software they have that can edit MS Excel files, and then http://www.htmlhelp.com/faq/html/forms.html#file-upload; or
  2. skip the web server and let them access/edit the MS Excel file directly via a networked filesystem.

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