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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Binary Documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) and Translator Project Site are now live

As promised last month, the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge, and the development roadmap has been published. Read my earlier post for more background on this: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2008/01/16/mapping-documents-in-the-binary-format-doc-xls-ppt-to-the-open-xml-format.aspx Here’s an overview…

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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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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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Office 2007 SP1 is now available

SP1 for Office 2007 is now available for download. One of the interesting fixes we made was based on some problems we found when you tried to use the ODF translator that Sun has built for Office. Malte Timmermann pointed out on his blog back in the summer that there were some major issues when…

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Friday links (July 6, 2007)

A couple interesting topics I wanted to link to today: Rick Jelliffe makes my week – Rick has a great post called “Slashdotters: all together now… ‘Doh!'” that pretty well sums up my experiences over the past several years. When we first announced the XML formats for Office, there was a focused collection of negative…

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How to create and consume OpenXML formats

With all the talk last week of the OpenXML support that is now in OpenOffice, I thought it would also be worthwhile reminding folks that if you have an older version of Microsoft Office, you can also work with the OpenXML formats. There is a compatibility pack you can download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=9&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3fFamilyID%3d941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466%26DisplayLang%3den It looks like…

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Novell talks about the OpenXML support in OpenOffice

There’s a little blurb up on the Novell PR blog talking a bit more about the OpenXML translator release: http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=299 Novell is cooperating with Microsoft and others on an open source project to create the bi-directional translator for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. We’re still hard at it on the translator project, working to extend the…

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OpenOffice support for the OpenXML formats

I just saw that the Novell folks have released a version of OpenOffice with support for the Ecma Office Open XML formats (http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=ESrjfdE4U58~). They announced this work awhile ago, but this is the first chance folks have had to actually download the builds and try it out. Very cool stuff. So at this point we…

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Bulk upgrade your binary files to OpenXML

The Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) was released earlier this week. It’s a tool that helps folks who are going to manage and upgrade to the latest version of Office (2007). Among other things, it will do a scan of your network to identify Office documents and report back to you on the stats of…

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