ANN: xlrd 0.6.1a4 is now available

Discussion in 'Python' started by John Machin, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. John Machin

    John Machin Guest

    An alpha release (a4) of version 0.6.1 of xlrd is now available from
    http://www.lexicon.net/sjmachin/xlrd.htm and from the Cheeseshop
    (http://cheeseshop.python.org/pypi/xlrd).

    What is xlrd? It's a small (download approx 0.1 Mb) pure-Python
    library for extracting information from Microsoft Excel (tm) files,
    anywhere Python 2.1 or later will run -- no need for Excel itself, nor
    COM, nor even Windows. Further info: follow the links on the home
    page.

    This release incorporates the functionality of 0.6.0 which was not
    released
    independently for various reasons including the need to push ahead
    with the
    0.6.1 functionality.

    New in 0.6.0: facility to access named cell ranges and named
    constants (Excel UI: Insert/Name/Define).

    New in 0.6.1: extracts formatting information for cells (font, "number
    format", background, border, alignment and protection) and rows/
    columns (height/width etc). To save memory and time for those who
    don't need it, this information is extracted only if formatting_info=1
    is supplied to the open_workbook() function. The cell records BLANK
    and MULBLANKS which contain no data, only formatting information, will
    continue to be ignored in the default (no formatting info) case.

    There have been several changes made to handle anomalous files
    (written by
    3rd party software) which Excel will open without complaint, but
    failed
    with xlrd, usually because an assertion fails or xlrd deliberately
    raises an exception. Refer to HISTORY.html for details. These have
    been changed to accept the anomaly either silently or with a NOTE
    message or a WARNING message, as appropriate.

    Many thanks are due to Simplistix Ltd
    (http://www.simplistix.co.uk). for funding the new functionality in
    0.6.1.

    BTW, Feedback: general discussion on the python-excel newsgroup (sign
    up at http://groups.google.com.au/group/python-excel?lnk=li&hl=en) or
    mailto: preferably with [xlrd] in the message
    subject.

    Cheers,
    John
    John Machin, Feb 25, 2007
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