Links 12.13.2006

Some interesting links from the past few days: File Formats Why China’s UOF is good – O’Reilly XML Blog Very interesting post from Rick Jelliffe about how there are often needs for multiple formats, in order to properly meet the needs of the industry. “Standardization is about the consolidation of variety: the reduction of variety…

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What’s up with all those “rsids”?

As many folks who worked with the 2003 wordprocessingML format have probably noticed by now, there are is a new set of attributes/elements in the Open XML wordprocessingML format that shows up all over the place. I’m talking about RSIDs. The rsid element is used to allow applications to more effectively merge two documents that…

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More on Ecma Standard 376

I wanted to post a few links that were interesting from the news yesterday about Ecma approving the Office Open XML formats as Ecma Standard 376. I’m sure by now most of you have seen all the articles and blogs discussing this big milestone. Clearly this is a great thing for the industry (unless you…

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Ecma Standard 376 – Office Open XML formats

It’s finally official. Today the Ecma General Assembly voted almost unanimously to approve the Office Open XML formats as an official Ecma standard. They also voted to submit the standard to ISO for fast track certification. The official press release from Ecma International can be found here: http://www.ecma-international.org/news/PressReleases/PR_TC45_Dec2006.htm Here’s a quote from Jan van den…

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Friday Thoughts 12-01-2006

I wanted to point out a few interesting things that have popped up over the past couple weeks: IDC Report on Open Standards Interesting study by IDC where they polled companies in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to try and gauge the level of interest in open document standards. As you would imagine, the level…

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Convert OpenXML files to HTML on sharepoint

The sharepoint team recently posted an article up on OpenXMLdeveloper.org on how they allow you to convert files in the Office Open XML format into HTML directly on the server: http://openxmldeveloper.org/articles/MOSSconvert.aspx When they started investigating this solution, I made sure to point them at the XSLT that we build in Office 2003 to convert the…

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Simple SpreadsheetML file (part 2 of 3)

This is a continuation on the “Simple SpreadsheetML file Part 1” post I made a couple weeks ago. In that post we created a SpreadsheetML file that consisted of a simple table with 3 columns and 3 rows of data (plus a header row). The table looked like this: Sub Total Tax Total 14.95  …

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Week off

As I just mentioned in a comment I left in last week’s post, I’m actually attempting to take a bit of a break this week. We actually wrapped up the development work on Office 2007 last Friday. It’s been a huge release, and it’s really exciting to see it finally go out the door. I’ve…

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Novell and Microsoft teaming up on document interoperability

I’m sure by now most folks have read the news on the collaboration agreement between Novell and Microsoft. If not, you can read more up on the Microsoft interoperability site: http://www.microsoft.com/interop (Novell’s press release is here) There are a number of really cool pieces to this (Jason Matusow blogged on this yesterday), and one of…

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Simple SpreadsheetML file Part 1 of 3

I posted a bunch of “Intro to SpreadsheetML” posts about a year or so ago, but those were all based on the Office XP spreadsheetML format. I think an updated series based on the Open XML standard is long overdue. I’ll start off just building a simple table, and in future posts show more about…

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