Release Deliverables

The Excel Converter release deliverables consist of the following:

  • Excel Converter – a Java Application (Library) – distributed as a .jar file.
  • Excel Converter Plugin – Excel Converter Rich Client – distributed as an Eclipse Plugin

Release Builds

The Excel Converter project will periodically create release builds that showcase the staged v1 functionality.
The Excel Converter builds are planned for:

  • 2010 Oct 10 – Alpha 1
  • 2010 Nov 15 – Beta 1
  • 2010 Nov 23 – Beta 2
  • 2010 Dec 06 – RC1 (release candidate)

Operating Environments

Operating system (OS) support for the Excel Converter Tool

  • Windows XP Professional / Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4/5
  • CentOS 4/5

V1 Features

The 1.0 version shall be able to render the following RPE elements :

  • Paragraph
  • Text
  • Styled Text
  • Hyperlink
  • Table
  • Row
  • Cell
  • Section Break
  • Page break
  • Masterpage

The relations between RPE elements and the Excel representations are :

  • One RPE Paragraph is written into one Excel cell within a new row.
  • The RPE Text element is written as simple text within the corresponding Excel cell.
  • The RPE Styled Text element is handled like the RPE Text element
  • The RPE Hyperlink element with the type “external” shall be visible in the Excel output as hyperlink text.
  • An RPE Table is matched over the Excel grid. Delimitations are visible if cells inside the table have borders.
  • One RPE Row is written into one Excel row.
  • One RPE Cell is written into one Excel cell.
  • The RPE Section Break, the RPE Page Break and the RPE Masterpage element shall add a new sheet into the Excel file, and the content that follows the element shall be written into that new sheet.

The 1.0 version shall be able to handle the following properties:

Text type properties :

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Font size
  • Font color

Cell properties

  • Cell width

Row properties

  • Row height

The 1.0 version shall NOT have support for :

  • Images
  • Headings
  • Table of Contents
  • Table of Tables
  • Table of Figures
  • Regions
  • List
  • List details
  • Include File
  • Footnote
  • Bookmark
  • Comment
  • Field
  • Page Number
  • Total Page Number
  • Table Caption
  • Figure Caption
  • Styles
  • Header
  • Footer

The 1.0  version shall be able to handle formulas.

The formulas shall be written in text objects within cell elements. These text objects shall have specific content recognizable by the Excel Converter tool.
Formula syntax : [EXCEL FORMULA <the excel formula, without the equal sign>].

The 1.0 version shall be able to create .xsl (1997-2003) and .xslx (2007) output format.