If the .pdf was saved from a word (.doc) file that you can access then copy the table from the word file into an .xcl spreadsheet. Sometimes, a .pdf is saved from a .doc and the text in the .pdf is selectable. Then you don't need the .doc because you can select text from the .pdf file. However, some .pdf files are just scanned bitmap (.bmp) files that are saved as a .pdf file. In that case, use text recognition software with optical character recognition (OCR) to pull text from the .pdf file. Then paste it into a .doc and format it into a table and then copy/paste into the .xcl file.
A .pdf file can be viewed with previewer software, but some PDF viewer software may not interpret the page when it loads the file. An XML file is a text document with structured data contained within the text. An .XML file can then be viewed with the following tools: Microsoft Office 2007 Adobe Reader Netscape Navigator Internet Explorer 6 Opera 0.9.9+ (Linux browser) In fact, I find that Excel works better than Word when I am trying to do this because Excel lets me customize the tables to create a table that is very similar to the document I want to edit. Then I can edit the data in Excel by simply changing cell formatting. One important point to remember about the XML format is that any data that was typed in will appear as plain text in the table. Note: You should always make sure that the text is completely translated into.