Extensible Markup Language (XML) has become a common interchange format over the past few years, and it's not unusual for people and organizations to send each other XML files. XML's simple core structures make it easy to exchange information with much less concern that all parties are using the same software. Until recently, however, although generic XML tools were widely available, bridging the gap between XML documents and the user interface was difficult. Excel 2003 makes it much easier, at least for data that fits on a grid.
This tutorial uses Excel features that are available only in Excel 2003 on Windows. Earlier versions of Excel do not support this, and neither do current or announced Macintosh versions of Excel.