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. Here’s another great example of the power you get when you’re able to save…


Open XML news

Here are a few interesting links related to the Open XML formats US technical committee reaches deadlock – Doug talks about how the discussions went in the US technical committee tasked with reviewing the Open XML formats. It sounds like they were just one vote short of getting approval, which means it’s now off to…


Importing your XML into a spreadsheet

I’m going to try to get back on top of all the e-mails folks have been sending me. If you’ve e-mailed me over the past 6 months the odds are that I didn’t reply yet, and I’m sorry about that. I’ll start reading through the e-mails again and rather than just replying directly I’ll actually…


Working with XBRL

Doug Mahugh had a post last week showing how you could leverage the custom schema support in OpenXML to create a report based on XBRL data. Here’s a screenshot of the document he created (where each value is bound to XBRL data): As I’ve said in the past, the custom schema support really gives…


How microformats relate to custom XML

I’ve blogged a few times about the support for custom defined schema in the OpenXML formats. ( I’ve had a few folks ask me if there are similarities between the custom defined schema support and Microformats. While the approach is a bit different, the scenarios are very similar. The key is that you want to…


The power of data-view separation in your documents

There is an excellent post over on the Word team blog that goes into details on how the new content controls feature (when parred with XML mapping) allows for powerful data-view separation in you wordprocessing documents. I’ve talked many times about the custom defined schema support, and this post from Tristan does a great job…


Custom Defined Schemas

I’ve talked a lot about the value of “Custom Schema” support in Office. Anytime I give talks on the file formats, I make sure to spend some time also talking about the support for custom schema. I don’t think I’ve really given the basic intro though on the difference between reference schemas and custom defined…


Create a rich Word document based on your own custom XML (without the need for XSLT)

  I hope everyone had a great new year. Sorry I’ve taken so much time off from blogging. I was pretty busy last week just getting caught up on e-mail. For those of you who posted comments, or sent comments to me directly, I’ll try to get to them all (sorry it’s taking so long)….


Integrating with business data: Store custom XML in the Office XML formats

As I’ve already talked about a number of times on this blog, there are two core pieces to the XML support in Office. The first piece is what we call our “reference schemas.” The reference schemas are the schemas we’ve defined in Office to represent our files as XML. This includes WordprocessingML; SpreadsheetML; and PresentationML….