Microsoft Excel and FrameMaker

Subject: Microsoft Excel and FrameMaker
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 14:23:32 -0500

I sent this directly to Walter Stulzer, but on second thought, I figure
others might want to know my experience.
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> My experience with Excel in FrameMaker (PC version) is limited to one quick
project. I
> literally copied and pasted a table and graph originally created in Excel int
> o
> FrameMaker (I don't remember why I did not try to import the Excel objects).
> To make any changes to the Excel figures, I just double-clicked on the
> insert, and I was automatically put into Excel. All changes were made
> dynamically. I had complete control of the Excel items while in FrameMaker.
> I was quite pleased at the connectivity between the two applications,
> considering they
> are not even by the same manufacturer.
> Laurie Rubin

> > There are several things that should happen when doing so:
> >
> > 1. The data should remain dynamic. That means, when changing some numbers
> > in the original Excel file, the numbers in the FrameMaker document should
> > change to, without operator interception.
> >
> > 2. All the formats of the cells in the FrameMaker document should remain
> > static. That means, that we would have to define the format of the cell
> > once and it should last for the rest of the lifecycle of the document. This
> > should also remain true, when the data in the original Excel file is
> > updated.
> >
> > 3. We want total typographical freedom in formating the Excel table in
> > FrameMaker. That means, we would like to have free leading and spacing,
> > font and colour for the text and free definition of the cell.
> >
> > Does FrameMaker do this and if not, what do we have to do to make it do so.
> >
> > Thanks in advance for your help,
> > Walter Stulzer
> >

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