Ok, first of all, hi there! I'm new here, hoping someone can come to my rescue..
I don't know much about today's web design.. I remember the basics from way back when, but the little web work I've done lately has been with a WYSIWYG program..
So I am in a situation right now where I need to come up with something creative. I am sponsoring a laser tag event for our town's 4th of July festival, and since there will be a tournament part, I need to come up with a way to display the leaderboard. Unfortunately all of the pre-made leaderboard software either sucks or is too ridiculously expensive for me to even consider.
Once the .xls file is updated and saved, the web page should automatically read the .xls, parse the new data, and update the table. This will NOT be on a live web server, basically the web page and .xls file will just be in a directory on the computer. That said, for this purpose I don't think there's any difference whether it is a push or poll setup.
The xls will simply have two columns, name and score.
The table should be broken into two sets of columns (1-16/17-32).. so there's no scrolling needed.. Each column set should have a static Rank column (1-16 & 17-32), then the name and score from the xls automatically sorted in descending order by score. At the very beginning the table will need to tolerate less than 32 entries (ie: if there are only 5 entrants so far, the #6-32 rankings should be blank, not showing errors). Then after there are more than 32 entries, it should always post the highest 32 values in the xls and ignore the rest..
So does this sound to any of you like something you could whip up real quick? If you could help I would be eternally grateful! Thanks in advance!!