xlrd 0.7.8 released!

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Thu Jun 7 17:38:32 CEST 2012

Hi All,

I'm pleased to announce the release of xlrd 0.7.8:


This release features the following changes:

- Compatibility with Python 2.1 and 2.2 is restored.

- Fix for github issue #7: assertion error when reading file with 
xlwt-written bitmap. The assertion is now ignored and a warning logged 
if verbosity > 0.

- superfluous zero bytes at end of xls OBJECT records are now ignored.

For full details, please see the GitHub repository:


Barring any packaging issues or serious bugs, this will be the last 
release in the 0.7 series and the last release supporting Python 2.1 and 

The next release, likely in a couple of weeks time, will be 0.8.0 
targeting Python 2.6 and upwards and featuring support for reading data 
from .xlsx files (although not formatting, unless some sponsorship or 
patches turn up). If you're interested in this, it would be great if you 
could try out the master branch and let us know if you find any problems:


There's also details of all things Python and Excel related here:




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