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WordPress fix Reply To: Copy/paste Excel data to a page and retain formatting

Discussion in 'Misc WordPress Requests' started by bcworkz, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. bcworkz

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    Reply To: Copy/paste Excel data to a page and retain formatting, by bcworkz

    Heh, you funny guy

    You’re not going to think this is funny though, sorry. Essentially, yes, you’re asking too much. To put it bluntly, you’re (at least your data is) living in the past and technology has marched on. It keeps marching faster all the time. Best to catch up while you still can.

    At the very least, you’ll need to accept that some sort of interstitial data format is going to be part of the process. PCs have the capability of OLE which allows for easy copy/pasting of table segments into other PC apps. Unfortunately, your WP server is not a PC, or at least the server software does not support OLE. A common format usable by both will be needed.

    IMO, it’s a very poor data schema to maintain data in one, antiquated format, and to continually need to import it into a different format to be able to share it with others. Ideally, the source data should be part of the WP database. All input, edits, and output should be managed within WP itself. I realize that some spreadsheets are extremely complex and converting them to a WP plugin would be a major coding project. But if it’s anywhere near feasible, you should pursue it. Otherwise resign yourself to the need of an interstitial format.

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