As you might expect, there's been a bit of discussion on the internal aliases about the results of ISO ballot DIS29500. Kleefy asked me about resources for developers wanting to write apps that read and/or write the new formats regardless of the programming language. Of course, I pointed him at http://www.openxmldeveloper.org. There's a wealth of resources up there for OpenXML developers including these gems:
- Pivot Tables in SpreadsheetML
- Creating an Open XML spreadsheet in PHP
- Creating Open XML documents from scratch
- Java code for common document management tasks
- WordProcessingML document creation in pure Java
There's more going up all the time, so check it out.
While you're at it, head over to the community site, www.openxmlcommunity.org, to read some of the business reasons you'll want to consider OpenXML as your document format of choice. If you feel so inclined, you can sign up as a supporter of the format.
Finally, if you are developing an application that uses any of the OpenXML formats, or the Open Packaging Convention and you'd like help publicising it, please contact me.