I find that the normal Notes export functions often are not adequate. Long text strings and formatted text often do not work. The same hold true for importing data.
The solution to all of these problems is to use Excel. Scripts have been written to use Excel
for supporting this functionality.
Some limitations of the export to 1-2-3 can be overcome by supplying a WK4 extension, but the 254-character cell limitation still exists, I believe.
There is a capability provided by Microsoft to add Excel option to the import/export options in Notes, but IBM does not support this "feature."
See Technote #164273 on the IBM Notes Technical Support Site.
D. Hasa has published a free script (ExportToExcel-Script v2) that can be used to export documents to Excel. Go to http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/sandbox.nsf/85d5b6903071400e8525676d0079b3ae/e2a31b9d2a77f41685256b260050b64d?OpenDocument
The following is an example of a script to import an XLS file into Notes from a view:
Sub Click(Source As Button) 'The action button is located on a view named Import1 Dim ws As New NotesUIWorkspace Dim session As New NotesSession Dim db As NotesDatabase Set db = session.CurrentDatabase Dim view As NotesView Dim doc As NotesDocument Dim temp1 As String Dim temp2 As String Dim temp3 As String Dim temp4 As String Dim temp5 As String Dim temp6 As String Dim xlApp As Variant Dim xlSheet As Variant Dim cursor As Integer Dim recordcheck As String On Error Goto ERRORLABEL Dim FileName As String Dim DefaultFileName As String DefaultFileName="c:tempsheet.xls" NamePrompt$="Enter the complete Path and File Name of the Excel
file to be imported:" &Chr(13) FileName=Inputbox(NamePrompt$,"Import File Name
Specification",DefaultFileName,100,100) If FileName="" Then Goto SubEnd 'Create an Excel object for the spreadsheet 'It may be necessary to have the proper MS Office DLLs installed
on the PC running this application 'That is, the person must be able to open the XLS file with Excel Set xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application") xlApp.Application.Workbooks.Open Filename
'File not found will return ERR=213 and the routine will be ended With xlApp.workbooks.Add 'Not sure what this line is for, unless it's to be sure that at
least one workbook is present in the XLS file End With 'Stop Set xlSheet = xlApp.Workbooks(1).Worksheets(1) recordcheck="x" r=1 ' Row counter - first row contains fieldnames from the database; 'these fieldnames are not needed as long as the spreadsheet follows a specified format While recordcheck <>"0" And recordcheck <> "" And r<100 'Recordcheck = "0" when there is no value in the first cell of the row,
if integer, or "", if string 'Important - Set r to a value that will stop the import routine without
missing any data, if the other criteria do not 'For this example, six columns are imported cursor=0 r=r+1 temp1=xlSheet.Cells(r,1).value recordcheck=Cstr(temp1) If recordcheck="0" Then Goto Finished ' Avoid generating empty record temp2=xlSheet.Cells(r,2).value temp3=xlSheet.Cells(r,3).value temp4=xlSheet.Cells(r,4).value temp5=xlSheet.Cells(r,5).value temp6=xlSheet.Cells(r,6).value 'The above lines lines could be combined with those below, but keep
separate for ease in debugging until ready to finalize the code Set doc = New NotesDocument(db) doc.Form = "frmName" doc.Field1 = temp1 doc.Field2 = temp2 doc.Field3= temp3 doc.Field4 = temp4 doc.field5 = temp5 doc.field6 = temp6 Call Doc.Save(True, False) Finished: Wend Goto SubClose ERRORLABEL: 'Msgbox "An error was encountered." 'Print "Error: " Error(), " Err:" Err(), " Erl:" Erl() If Err=213 Then Messagebox Filename & " was not found. Verify Path and Filename, then try the Import again." Resume SubEnd Else Messagebox "Error" & Str(Err) & ": " & Error$ End If Resume Next SubClose: xlApp.activeworkbook.close xlApp.Quit Set xlapp = Nothing Set view=db.getview("import1") Call ws.viewrefresh SubEnd: End Sub
Hopefully, IBM will add Excel Import/Export options by default, since 1-2-3 is no longer being upgraded, and current version have serious limitations.
This was first published in May 2002