Jay Loden python at jayloden.com
Thu Aug 9 18:20:07 CEST 2007

Steve Holden wrote:
> This discussion seems to assume that Excel spreadsheets are stored in 
> some canonical form so that two spreads with the same functionality are 
> always identical on disk to the last bit. I very much doubt this is true 
> (consider as an example the file properties that can be set).
> So really you need to define "equality". So far the tests discussed have 
> concentrated on identifying identical files.
> regards
>   Steve

I was wondering myself if the OP was actually interested in binary identical
files, or just duplicated content. If just duplicated content, perhaps this
could be used as a starting point:


and the actual data can be compared


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