Try Office 2003 XML Yourself – Free Online Labs

Are you interested in learning more about XML support in Office 2003? There are some great labs available online to help people get more familiar with the XML support in Office. These labs are available to everyone, you just need to set up an account (which is "free and painless"). It's really cool, you don't even need to own a copy of Office, everything is provided for you.

Here's the link to the site:

Let me know what you think, and if there are other labs you'd like to see posted. I had forgot that these even existed. They are great for those of you new to XML, or if you don't have a copy of Office 2003. 

After you've had a chance to play around with this stuff for awhile, let me know if there are concepts you'd like to know more about such as schema validation; schema library; XSLT; etc.


Comments (8)

  1. W Poust says:

    The labs are definitely a BIG help in trying and learning about the newer technologies/features in Microsoft’s products. It removes the installation/configuration pain that developers have in trying new stuff that isn’t part of our day-to-day development. I found it a lot more instructional than listening and trying to understand a PowerPoint presentation. Great idea and excellent implementation!

    An hour and a half wasn’t enough time to finish the exercises in the second lab. It was interesting to see the gottchas in the last exercise when I used C# instead of Basic to create the document from the web service.

  2. BrianJones says:

    W Poust – I glad you liked the labs. I think they are a great resource. Let me know if there are other labs you’d like to see provided. (I’ll also talk to the folks that host that site about the hour and a half time limits)


  3. When we built the support for customer defined schemas into Word 2003 there were a couple scenarios we…

  4. bc says:

    Doesn’t appear to work with my standards-compliant browser. Well, I guess I can live without knowing if there’s any virtue in MS Office XML anyway.

  5. Jim Whitson says:

    It seems MS can stretch ‘open’ XML formats, but not to making their website work on anything other than IE… Ho hum.

  6. When we built the support for customer defined schemas into Word 2003 there were a couple scenarios we

  7. I haven’t seen much mention of this yet so I wanted to call it out in case folks weren’t aware yet. For

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