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ANN: xlrd 0.6.1a4 is now available

John Machin
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An alpha release (a4) of version 0.6.1 of xlrd is now available from and from the Cheeseshop

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

This release incorporates the functionality of 0.6.0 which was not
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
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
( for funding the new functionality in

BTW, Feedback: general discussion on the python-excel newsgroup (sign
up at or
mailto: Removed) preferably with [xlrd] in the message


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