I had a look at the excel file that Mauro Cardarelli wrote as a tool to generate thesaurus plans. While the tool is nice, I was dissapointed it did not include a facility to load an existing XML file and analyze it to see if it contains faults such as duplicates.
So what I did was write my own macro that loads a thesaurus file into Mauro's excel spreadsheet. The macro only loads expansions (as his spreadsheet does not deal with replacements) - but you can easily change it to load replacements if you want.
To use this macro, open Mauro's file, and open the visual basic window (alt-f11) and paste the procedure at the bottom of the "sheet1" module. To run it, either click the "run macro" button in excel, or from the VBA environment, hit F5 when the cursor is in the procedure. The macro will ask you for the path of the file, and will load it and populate the excel file.
Sub LoadThesaurusFile() Dim total As Integer total = 0 Dim thesaurusFile As New DOMDocument Dim path As String path = InputBox("Path to the Thesaurus xml file", , ActiveWorkbook.path + "\thesaurus.xml") If (path = "") Then Exit Sub thesaurusFile.async = False thesaurusFile.validateOnParse = False 'to avoid errors because of a thesaurus schema file, we will load the file as a text file, and then remove the schema reference Dim fs As TextStream Dim fso As New FileSystemObject Set fs = fso.OpenTextFile(path, ForReading, False, TristateUseDefault) s = fs.ReadAll s = Replace(s, "xmlns=""x-schema:tsSchema.xml""", "") Dim sht As Worksheet Set sht = ActiveSheet If (thesaurusFile.LoadXML(s)) Then Dim expansions As IXMLDOMNodeList Dim expansion As IXMLDOMNode Set expansions = thesaurusFile.FirstChild.SelectNodes("//expansion") 'start from row 4 Dim iCurrentRow As Integer iCurrentRow = 4 'loop over the expansion tags, and populate the spreadsheet For i = 0 To expansions.Length - 1 Dim iCurrentColumn As Integer Dim subs As IXMLDOMNodeList 'load current exapnsion Set expansion = expansions.Item(i) 'load the expansion subs Set subs = expansion.SelectNodes("sub") For iCurrentColumn = 0 To subs.Length - 1 sht.Cells(iCurrentRow, iCurrentColumn + 1) = subs.Item(iCurrentColumn).Text total = total + 1 Next iCurrentColumn iCurrentRow = iCurrentRow + 1 Next i MsgBox ("Total entries: " & total) Else MsgBox ("Error loading the XML file: " + x.parseError.reason + vbCrLf + "Source:" + x.parseError.srcText + vbCrLf + "Link:" & x.parseError.Line) End If Set thesaurusFile = Nothing End Sub