How to convert a binary encoded xls file back into ascii

How to convert a binary encoded xls file back into ascii

Post by Martin » Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:29:44


Not sure if this is possible.

At work, someone used configuration control to store an excel 2003
spreadsheet. However, when it was configured, it was stored in binary
format. As a result, when the file is extracted from configuration control,
it is not readable. Unfortunately, the original file that was configured is
no longer available. The person that had created it had deleted it, thinking
that it was now safe in config control.

Is there any way of converting the binary xls file into a readable one?

TIA

Martin
 
 
 

How to convert a binary encoded xls file back into ascii

Post by Jim Rec » Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:45:15

I don't know what "configuration control" is but for sure I know that XLS
files are binary and not ASCII. The official name of the file format used
in Excel 97 to Excel 2003 is BIFF7 which stands for Binary Interchange File
Format version 7.

--
Jim


| Not sure if this is possible.
|
| At work, someone used configuration control to store an excel 2003
| spreadsheet. However, when it was configured, it was stored in binary
| format. As a result, when the file is extracted from configuration
control,
| it is not readable. Unfortunately, the original file that was configured
is
| no longer available. The person that had created it had deleted it,
thinking
| that it was now safe in config control.
|
| Is there any way of converting the binary xls file into a readable one?
|
| TIA
|
| Martin
|
|