Thank you for your post.
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Thanks so much for your very kind advice. As I understand it, the problem in the past at least has been that what info appears on a unique page in his copy translates to something like 50 columns. But you're right; all I can do is try it for a month and see if I can figure out a way to make it work.
This really depends on what you want to do with the export... how interactive/dynamic must it be, or as you mentioned pdf, is rather static. You may also want to consider other issues such as how do you control the sharing and further dissemination of the data.
If static... why dont you export as html? Works in all browsers...