XML mapping in Excel lets you create a document that allows your business to combine data from multiple XML files into a predefined table. This process can save your company a lot of time and effort. In addition, it allows you to manage your workbooks and information in ways that were previously impossible or too difficult.
How to Create XML Maps in Excel
The first step to creating a XML map is to add an XML schema to your workbook. To do this, go to the Developer tab, in the XML group, and click Source. This opens the XML Source task pane.
This task pane contains a list of the different types of XML elements that you can work with in your spreadsheets. You can use this list to help you create your XML maps and ensure that the right elements are mapped to the correct cells in your worksheets.
If you are importing or exporting XML data using your XML map, you need to make sure that the XML map is valid before you do any work with it. This means that the XML map must be based on an XML Schema and that all the data sources in your XML map have a unique identifier in the XML file.
When you add an XML Schema to your workbook, Excel assumes that the file is located at the location specified in the XML Schema and uses the data in the XML Schema to map the elements of the XML file to the worksheets in your workbook. If your XML file is not at the location specified in the XML schema, you must manually add it to your workbook.
You can add an XML schema to your workbook by importing it into Excel or exporting it from Excel. This process is easy and can be done quickly, especially if you are familiar with importing or exporting from Excel to other formats such as CSV.
The XML Schema is a document that defines the structure of the file and the elements that it includes. It also includes a naming convention and a data type for the elements.
During the import or export of an XML file, Excel uses this naming convention and data type to map the elements in the XML file to the cells in your worksheets. This process allows you to create a logical and orderly structure in your workbook.
Once the XML file is created and the XML map is established, you can begin working with it. For example, you can add XML elements to your workbook and drag them to a cell. This process can be quite effective, especially when you have a lot of data to work with.
When you remap an XML element to a cell, you can choose whether or not the new XML element will overwrite existing elements in that cell. This option is useful when you are importing XML elements that have formulas in them, or when you are consolidating data from several different XML files into one XML table.