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Nice one kanduvisia. Most useful.

This is a great extension! I have used it successfully a couple times. I ran into an issue in a recent project, however, where the people receiving the excel file complained that the number data was giving the "number stored as text" error.

After poking about a bit in the utility, I moved the

`<Data ss:Type="String">`

Element from the "excelOutputData" template, moving it down into the "excelGetData" template, so that template now looks like this:

`<xsl:template name="excelGetData" xmlns:ss="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet">
    <xsl:param name="field" />
    <xsl:param name="withItem" />
            <xsl:when test="number($field)">
                <xsl:attribute name="ss:Type">Number</xsl:attribute>
                <xsl:attribute name="ss:Type">String</xsl:attribute>
    <!-- Show the value: -->
        <!-- Check if it has sub-items: -->
        <xsl:when test="count($field/*) = 0">
            <!-- Show default value: -->
            <xsl:value-of select="$field" />
            <!-- Field doesn't have a value, treat as an item: -->                      
                <xsl:when test="$withItem = 'implode'">
                    <xsl:for-each select="$field/*">
                        <xsl:value-of select="." />
                        <xsl:if test="position() != last()">, </xsl:if>
                <xsl:when test="$withItem = 'last'">
                    <xsl:value-of select="$field/*[last()]" />
                <xsl:when test="$withItem = 'first'">
                    <xsl:value-of select="$field/*[1]" />

It's not a perfect solution (doesn't deal with what should be number-formatted empty cells), but it did the trick satisfactorially for my client.

If anyone can think of a more efficient or better way to do it, let me know! Thanks again for a great utility!

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