Another example of Open XML as a submission format…

Just saw this on Pablo’s blog: Covering yet another set of scientific disciplines, last month the folks from ArXiv (the largest repository for Physics, also very popular for Math and Computer Science papers) posted the news that they now accept OpenXML files for submissions.  I am also looking forward to being able to help scientists…

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Video clip of the add-in for authoring Scientific Articles

If you want to get an idea of how the add-in works, Pablo has posted a short video:    Pablo suggested skipping to about 4:40 into the video to see the actual solution. For more information on the add-in, check out the blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia/archive/2008/03/25/short-video-clip-on-the-add-in.aspx -Brian

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Using Open XML to author scientific and technical articles

Pablo Fernicola has the news today that we’ve released a tech preview of an article authoring add-in for word 2007. This add-in leverages the Open XML formats to translate into the XML formats defined by the National Library of Medicine. http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia/archive/2008/03/20/Technology-Preview-Launch.aspx Here’s another great example of the power you get when you’re able to save…

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Object embedding in Open XML

There were some concerns raised earlier on that the Open XML format required a specific object embedding to be used (OLE). While it’s true that the tag names in the format have “OLE” in them, the embedding is actually generic, and can use other technologies if that’s what’s desired. I believe (but I’m not positive)…

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Links for 1-31-08

A few interesting links I wanted to point out: Content Reuse with Open XML and XSLT – Alexander Falk (Altova’s CEO) has a great post giving examples of how to work with Open XML files using XML Spy: “This is the first article in a series of blog postings that I plan to write about…

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Buzzword now supports reading and writing Open XML

We had all the noise last week about IBM supporting Open XML in a number of their products. Today I learned that Adobe’s Buzzword, a web based wordprocessor, now supports reading and writing .docx files. Very cool: http://forum.buzzword.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&p=980 I think they also have plans on supporting ODF, but it’s not clear when that will be…

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Translating OpenXML into DAISY

Reed announced today that the first alpha build of the OpenXML to DAISY translator is now available up on SourceForge: http://blogs.technet.com/reedblog/archive/2008/01/25/open-xml-to-daisy-v1-is-live.aspx This is awesome. It’s another example of the power you get out of translators, and the shared collaboration in building these translators really help folks learn about what if any barriers to interoperability exist…

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Google support for Open XML formats

I noticed this last week but forgot to blog about it. If you do a google search and the result is an Open XML file (.docx; .xlsx; .pptx) they give you the ability to view them in the browser using their own rendering technology. They support all three formats, and the results are pretty rich…

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More info on DAISY and OpenXML

Very cool video with the DAISY Consortium’s Secretary General George Kerscher discussing DAISY and the project for converting Open XML into DAISY: http://blogs.inquirer.net/techaddicts/2008/01/17/ivdo-daisy-makes-reading-documents-easier-for-the-blind/ I talked to George a bit about the power of semantics, and how the custom schema support and content controls in the Open XML format really help to shift documents away from…

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Accessibility of OpenXML

Well, I’ve come back up for air briefly and wanted to quickly point out to folks a really important announcement we made yesterday. We’re teaming up with the DAISY consortium to build translation tools that will convert OpenXML documents into the DAISY format (Digital Access Information System). DAISY is a standard already widely in use…

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