Office ’12’ File Format Presentation available online (PDC)

If you’re interested in seeing the presentation I gave at PDC back in September, it’s now available online: http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC05/OFF/OFF304.htm#nopreload=1&autostart=1 It’s about an hour and 15 mins. It’s pretty much a developer level introduction to the Office ’12’ file formats. I show a number of demos and cover the following agenda: Demo: Example Office XML File…

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MSDN Webcast: Building Microsoft Office 2003 Solutions Using XML and XML Web Services

There’s a webcast next Thursday (Nov. 3) that will show ways you can leverage Office 2003’s XML functionality to integrate with Web Services. It will go into both the file formats and the custom defined schema support, and should only last about a hour, so if you get a chance you should check it out:…

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XML 2005 Conference

The XML 2005 Conference is just around the corner (only a few weeks away)! It starts on November 14th, and will be held in Atlanta. I’ll be there for at least a couple days although I’m not sure exactly which day I’ll get into town. I’ll be giving a presentation on Thursday morning (11/17) at…

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Real world example: Shredding Office documents and storing in a backend database

I’ve been receiving various e-mails from folks showing solutions they are building on top of the existing Office XML support, and I wanted to start posting some of these examples. Today, I wanted to post an e-mail I received from Robert Nederby who works for Coextant. They’ve built a solution that shows the flexibility you…

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Knowledge is the "key" when talking about XML support in Office

There has been a lot of speculation over what the XML support in Office really entails. I think knowledge is really the key here, and I ask all of you who are interested to take some time to actually get your feet wet and understand the facts. I’ve made a number of posts over the…

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More tools that work on top of Word XML

There is a company called CambridgeDocs that has built a tool that will transform from WordML into XSL-FO. Here’s a link to their site: http://www.cambridgedocs.com/products_wordml2FO.htm This is just another example of a group that has leveraged the XML support in Office 2003 to build a tool to solve specific customer needs. As I’ve said numerous…

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Example of using XSLT to import DB info into Word

Here’s a blog entry I just came across where the user is building an XSLT that will transform their data into WordprocessingML (http://dbdesc.com/blog/?p=10). It’s followed up by another post that was made today (http://dbdesc.com/blog/?p=11). This is a cool example of how you can start playing around with the document generation capabilities that come with XML…

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The myth of the Binary Key

I don’t know where this myth began, but I have seen enough reference to it at this point that I think it’s time to call it out directly. There is no such thing as a binary key that you need to unlock the Microsoft Office XML formats. They are just pure XML files that are…

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Microsoft Office Open XML Format does not require upgrading to Office "12"

This is old news to a lot of you, but I wanted to call attention to this again because I’ve read some articles where it appears that some folks still aren’t aware of the work we are doing to make the new XML formats backwards compatible. I’ve already talked about how the existing legacy XML…

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New blog on PDF functionality in Office "12"

Interested in knowing all the intricate details of the PDF output functionality coming in Office “12”? Cyndy Wessling has been working directly on the PDF support and has spent the past year driving that functionality into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio, Publisher, InfoPath, and OneNote. I was asking her for help answering some of the…

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