ANNOUNCE: Spreadsheet::WriteExcel 2.04

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    Spreadsheet::WriteExcel version 2.04 has been uploaded to CPAN.


    Spreadsheet::WriteExcel - Write formatted text and numbers to a
    cross-platform Excel binary file.


    ! Fixed handling of Euro symbol in num_format() strings.

    ! Renamed the Excel 5 style merge() format to the more correct
      center_across(). Updated examples accordingly.

    ! Added bug warning about using merge formats outside of
      merged ranges.

    + Fixed handling of double quotes in formula strings.
      Thanks to a tip from merlyn.

    + The 2.xx versions are now compatible with MS Access. Removed
      statements to the contrary.


    The Spreadsheet::WriteExcel module can be used create a cross-
    platform Excel binary file. Multiple worksheets can be added to a
    workbook and formatting can be applied to cells. Text, numbers,
    formulas and hyperlinks and images can be written to the cells.

    The Excel file produced by this module is compatible with
    Excel 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

    The module will work on the majority of Windows, UNIX and
    Macintosh platforms. Generated files are also compatible with the
    Linux/UNIX spreadsheet applications Gnumeric and

    This module cannot be used to read an Excel file. See
    Spreadsheet::ParseExcel or look at the main documentation for some

    This module cannot be used to write to an existing Excel file.


    To write a string, a formatted string, a number and a formula to
    the first worksheet in an Excel workbook called perl.xls:

        use Spreadsheet::WriteExcel;

        # Create a new Excel workbook
        my $workbook = Spreadsheet::WriteExcel->new("perl.xls");

        # Add a worksheet
        $worksheet = $workbook->add_worksheet();

        #  Add and define a format
        $format = $workbook->add_format();    # Add a format

        # Write a formatted and unformatted string
        $col = $row = 0;
        $worksheet->write($row, $col, "Hi Excel!", $format);
        $worksheet->write(1,    $col, "Hi Excel!");

        # Write a number and a formula using A1 notation
        $worksheet->write('A3', 1.2345);
        $worksheet->write('A4', '=SIN(PI()/4)');


    This module requires Perl 5.005 (or later), Parse::RecDescent and


    John McNamara (


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