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Default XPATH Help, Please- Excel XML Workbook

Sorry for the length... I need XPATH help.

I'm trying to extract some data from an Excel workbook saved as an XML spreadsheet.

Here's a very small sample file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?mso-application progid="Excel.Sheet"?>
<Workbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"
 <DocumentProperties xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">
 <ExcelWorkbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel">
  <Style ss:ID="Default" ss:Name="Normal">
   <Alignment ss:Vertical="Bottom"/>

  <NamedRange ss:Name="Low_Right" ss:RefersTo="=Sheet1!R2C2"/>
  <NamedRange ss:Name="Top_Left" ss:RefersTo="=Sheet1!R1C1"/>
 <Worksheet ss:Name="Sheet1">
  <Table ss:ExpandedColumnCount="2" ss:ExpandedRowCount="2" x:FullColumns="1"
    <Cell><Data ss:Type="String">topLeft</Data><NamedCell ss:Name="Top_Left"/></Cell>
    <Cell ss:Index="2"><Data ss:Type="String">LowRight</Data><NamedCell
  <WorksheetOptions xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel">

I'm looking for a way to capture all the Cell nodes that have data. I've tried "//Cell" in the select parameter in for-each, fully specifying the path, and a number of different templates matches, but can't nail it down. Specifically, I also want to capture Data element values based on the sibling "NamedCell" element.

It's possible that the parsing tool is not capable (MSXSL.exe)

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!
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//Cell won't select anything, because the Cell elements are in namespace urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet. You need to select them as //ss:Cell, with the prefix ss bound to "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet".

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Thanks for the fast answer Michael, Multiple namespaces are not something I've dealt with before. I'll give that a try...

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