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WordCamp Victoria 2012

Over the weekend, I attended my first WordPress event: WordCamp Victoria 2012. It was a great opportunity to learn more about WordPress and meet a bunch of people who are passionate about WordPress, blogging, travel, food, beer, sailing and other topics. (Hey, we didn’t just talk about work!) For more information about WordCamp Victoria this…


OASIS ODF 1.2 Approved

As expected, OASIS members have approved ODF 1.2 as an OASIS Standard. Although the official announcement from OASIS hasn’t been posted yet, Rob Weir (chair of the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee) has a blog post with information about ODF 1.2 and those who have contributed to it. As Rob notes, many people from around the…


New DII website locations

I’ve heard from a couple of people who have noticed that the Document Interoperability Initiative website (www.documentinteropinitiative.org) started redirecting to a new site recently (http://www.microsoft.com/openspecifications), so thought I’d provide some info to clarify where to find various types of information going forward. All of the same content related to document formats is still available, but…


Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator

My colleagues on the Office Interoperability team have been hard at work on a tool that will help implementers of the Office binary formats identify and correct any issues in binary documents created or modified by their software.  The Binary File Format Validator Beta is now publicly available here, and Michael Bowman has a blog…


libOPC version 0.0.1 released

The first release of libOPC, a new API for Open XML development, was published on Codeplex last week. This API is the first open-source cross-platform API for developers working with Open Packaging Convention (OPC) packages as used by Open XML, XPS, and other formats. Full source code is available, and it’s written in portable C99,…


Release V2 of Open XML document generation system

  Eric White posted yesterday release V2 of his simple Open XML document generation system, a high-performance tool for generating customized documents from any data source that can be serialized as XML. This tool is part of Eric’s ongoing series of posts on generating Open XML WordprocessingML documents. In his approach, you configure the document…


XML Prague 2011

I attended the XML Prague conference over the weekend, where I had the opportunity to see some great presentations, meet some interesting people, and drink plenty of Czech beer. The latter being a requirement for any trip to Prague, of course! The conference was scheduled on the weekend between meetings of the W3C XSL working…


Change Tracking in ODF

When we implemented support for ODF in Office 2007, we decided to not support the limited change-tracking functionality included in that version of the ODF standard. I covered the thinking behind that decision in a blog post shortly after ODF 1.1 support was released in Office 2007 SP2. I mentioned in that post that “we…


Can progress be standardized?

There’s a fundamental challenge that many standards maintenance groups and standards implementers deal with from time to time: how can standards evolve, and implementers innovate, while maintaining the sort of reliable and well-documented interoperability that standardization enables? Standards maintenance processes add new functionality slowly and carefully, but the products that implement those standards may progress…