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MS-Excel Stream Handler: Stream wrapper to read and write MS Excel files

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This class implements a stream handler interface to read and write Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files in the XLS format.

XLS files may be read and written using PHP fopen, fread or fwrite, or any other PHP functions that can access to streams.

The file name has the format xlsfile://path/to/spreadsheet.xls where /path/to/spreadsheet.xls is the path of the actual spreadsheet file to be read or written.

To create a XLS file just pass a serialized array of spreadsheet row arrays that associate the column names with their values.

In the current version the class does not process the data read from a XLS file. Instead it just returns the raw XLS file data as is.

This class requires at least PHP 4.3.0 as that is the version when stream handling support was introduced in PHP.

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NAME
======
xlsStream

VERSION
=======
0.3 - 20 Jan 2005

DESCRIPTION
===========
MS-Excel stream handler


SYNOPSIS
========
This class read/writes a data stream directly from/to a Microsoft
Excel spreadsheet opened with the xlsfile:// protocol. This is
used to export associative array data directly to MS-Excel.


REQUIREMENTS
============
PHP4 >= 4.3.2


USAGE
=====
Include this file in your script, using include/require:

    <?php
        require_once "excel.php";
    ?>

To export an associative array to an Excel spreadsheet, simply
call fopen() using the registered stream wrapper protocol
xlsfile://, for example:

    $fp = fopen("xlsfile://path/to/file.xls", "wb");

This version expects an associative array in the form:
    $data = array(
        0 => array(
            "column1" => "value1",
            "column2" => "value2",
            "column3" => "value3",
            "column4" => "value4",
            "column5" => "value5",
        ),

        1 => array(
            "column1" => "value6",
            "column2" => "value7",
            "column3" => "value8",
            "column4" => "value9",
            "column5" => "value10",
        ),

        ...
    );

Now write your data array using a single call to fwrite():

    fwrite($fp, $data);

Then call fclose(), as you would normally.

    fclose($fp);


To download an excel spreadsheet:
    <?php
        header ("Content-Type: application/x-msexcel");
        header ("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"sample.xls\"" );
        readfile("xlsfile://path/to/sample.xls");
        exit;
    ?>


FILES
=====
excel.php                   Main class
example_export.php          Example export script
example_download.php        Example download script


CHANGELOG
=========
0.3 - 20th Jan 2005
	  Fixed generated .xls unrecognized format issue
	  due to server endian mode
	  (Thanks to Charles Turner for pointing this out)

0.2 - 7th Jan 2005
      Fixed bug with arrays and excel files with
      sizes over the 8192 byte limit

0.1 - 21th Oct 2004
      Initial release


LICENSE
=======
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All rights reserved

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COPYRIGHT
=========
Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Ignatius Teo <http://act28.com>
All Rights Reserved



$Id: README,v 1.3 2005/01/20 09:58:58 Owner Exp $

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Name: MS-Excel Stream Handler
Base name: xlsstream
Description: Stream wrapper to read and write MS Excel files
Version: 1.0.0
PHP version: 4.3
License: BSD License
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Microsoft Excel is one of the most popular applications for desktop users, especially as a business work tool. Therefore the generation of spreadsheets in the Excel XLS format is a frequently used feature of Web applications to provide information in a way that lets their users do their work using Excel.

There have always been plenty of solutions to generate spreadsheet files in the XLS format. However, this class provide an innovating approach to the problem of generating XLS files.

This class takes advantage of the stream wrapping capabilities introduced in PHP 4.3 to let applications create XLS files just by using common file handling functions, making the generation of this type of files a trivial task.

Manuel Lemos

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