Interoperability Track at XML Conference 2007

For those of you planning on being in the Boston area next week, you should plan on checking out the XML 2007 conference. There will be a full day Interoperability track that should have a great set of discussions. I'm going to be in Kyoto next week for Ecma and ISO meetings, so unfortunately I won't be able to attend. Craig Kitterman had a post though where he talks about who will be there, and I'm really wishing there was a way I could have made it:

We have secured a number of great well-known speakers from the industry to help lead the discussions at this year's XML 2007 conference! It will be a fun event and hopefully an enlightening one as well.

The current schedule & speaker list for the Dec 4 sessions is as follows:

  • 09:00 - Document Interop: Ecma Office Open XML and OASIS ODF

    • Speakers: Miguel de Icaza (Novell Inc.), Vijay Rajagopalan (Microsoft)

  • 11:00 - Enterprise Interop: Identity and XML

    • Speakers: Matthew Weier O'Phinney (Zend), Vijay Rajagopalan (Microsoft)

  • 14:00 - Web Interop: Ajax with XML and JSON

    • Speakers: Douglas Crockford (Yahoo!), Matthew Weier O'Phinney (Zend), Vijay Rajagopalan (Microsoft)

  • 16:00 - Interop Round Table & Happy Hour – Development Discussion on Interop and XML. (Hors d'oeuvres and drinks hosted by Microsoft).

    • Speakers: Douglas Crockford (Yahoo!), Miguel de Icaza (Novell), Matthew Weier O'Phinney (Zend), Shyam Pather (Microsoft), Vijay Rajagopalan (Microsoft), Craig Kitterman (Microsoft)

I am really looking forward to meeting a lot of passionate XML gurus and sharing some great technical discussion! See you in Boston.

That 9am session will be great. Miguel de Icaze from Novell is going to be there along with Vijay, who has been involved in the Open XML to ODF translator project.

-Brian Quote of the Day:

SkyXoft – Dominican Republic

"As an organization selling a workflow product to customers for automating processes and documents through the organization, we find of great value the use of a document standard for the portability and security of the information. We support Open XML and believe should approved by ISO."

- Jose Leon – Chief Architect

Comments (9)

  1. Wu MingShi says:

    Dear Brian,

    Just realized that every time when I try to read your blog post, I subconsciously will read "I’m Brian Jone…" first then skip to the actual post.

    The reason I did that appears to be the colour and background of your "I’m Brian Jone…" banner is the same as that of your post, and being in bold font, leading me to misread that as the teaser to your blog post. May be it is a me-only problem, but thought that you might want to know.


  2. Wu MingShi,

    Let me look into some of the other templates and see if I can grab one that looks better.


  3. OK, how’s this one? It’s called Luxinterior


  4. hAl says:

    This all white template is ugly.

    And it makes the visitor location maps look ridiculously conspicuous.

  5. Damn, can’t make anyone happy 🙂

    OK, let me see what else there is.


  6. OK, how about this one? It’s called "Marvin3"

  7. Wu MingShi says:

    The sections left/right/main/top/bottom is definitely clearer. Since I am a nitpicker, The top section is a bit big, possibly to accommodate the clustrmap.

    The clustrmap at the right hand side turn out to be clinching to the right border on my Firefox browser. I think it should be set to align to the center, if possible.

    Finally, it’s impossible to make everyone happy. What is important is that it makes you happy.

  8. What makes me happy is making you guys happy. 🙂

    (don’t have time to tweak with the CSS right now so the templates settings will have to suffice.)


  9. Bruce says:

    I hope I’m not too off-base posting this issue here, but I’m struggling to understand why it’s so hard to share content between Word 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 when using the new XML-based Office formats. Here’s the specific issue that’s made me wonder:

    I’m creating a series of PowerPoint 2007 presentations based on Word 2007 documents. The Word documents don’t include graphics–just text. I have formated the Word documents thus:

    Heading 1 style applied to each heading that I want to define as the title for new slide in PowerPoint.

    Heading 2 style applied to each subsequent paragraph in the Word document that I want to become text on a slide in PowerPoint.

    Heading 1 style for the next slide, and so on.

    I can open the Word documents (outlines, really) in PowerPoint, but, alas, PowerPoint won’t import more than about 80 slides. Many of the presentations that I’m creating will (or should) contain between 100-150 slides after I

    transfer the content from Word to PowerPoint.

    I’m puzzled about this limitation in PowerPoint, especially in light of the

    new XML-based Office formats. It seems to me that it should be easy to read content from Word (in docx format) and transform that into PowerPoint content (pptx format).

    Isn’t such cross-application sharing of data one of main reasons for using XML-based formats? Especially given all the talk about sharing linking information from Office to all sorts of other applications (e.g., the Interoperability Track at XML Conference 2007)?

    Why can’t PowerPoint just consume docx documents (of reasonable size), assuming the Word documents are properly formatted using heading styles?

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