Ecma approves ECMA-376 Edition 2 aligned with IS29500

The Ecma General Assembly met on December 4, and one of the matters they addressed was publication of ECMA-376 Edition 2. By a vote of 20-3, the GA approved publication of Edition 2 and it’s now available on the Ecma web site. Note that IS29500 and ECMA-376 Edition 2 have identical content, and differ only…

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ODF Implementation Notes for Office 2007 SP2

Microsoft has today published our first set of document-format implementation notes, for the ODF implementation in Office 2007 SP2. These notes, which are available on the DII web site, provide detailed information about the design decisions that went into our implementation of ODF 1.1. See the press release for more information. The implementation notes can…

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Miscellaneous links for 12-09-2008

If you’ve been at one of the recent DII workshops, you may recall that some of us from Microsoft have been talking about an upcoming converter interface that will allow you to add support for other formats to Office. I’m pleased to report that we’ve now published the documentation on MSDN for the External File…

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Brussels DII workshop

I participated in the DII workshop in Brussels earlier this week, where I got a chance to catch up with old friends and also to make some new ones. Maarten Balliauw and Julien Chable have already covered the event in detail, but here’s a brief summary of the presenters for this one: Vijay Rajagopalan provided…

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Publication of ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML)

It’s official: ISO announced today the publication of the final text of ISO/IEC 29500, the Office Open XML specification. This includes all of the changes agreed to at the BRM, including the strict-vs-transitional structure and many others from the various national bodies involved. This has been a global process, with participation from dozens of countries…

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Links for 11-17-2008

Zeyad Rajabi has started a series of very useful hands-on posts over on Brian Jones’s blog about working with the Open XML SDK. Recent posts include a Document Assembly Solution for SpreadsheetML and Reading Data from SpreadsheetML. Alex Brown has two posts in the last week on the ongoing discussions between JTC1, SC34 and OASIS…

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ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC (OIC TC)

I’ve had a few people ask recently whether Microsoft would be participating in the OIC TC, and I’m glad to report that as of today we’ve signed up. I’ll be representing Microsoft on this TC, and I’m looking forward to working with Bart Hanssens (TC chair), Dennis Hamilton (TC secretary), and the other TC members. As…

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Miscellaneous links for Halloween

Stephen McGibbon has screenshots of the Open XML and ODF support coming in Windows 7 Wordpad, as announced by Steve Sinofsky at PDC this week. Alex Brown has predicted that 2009 will be a boring year for document formats, while covering some of the details of the DII workshop last week. See Rick Jelliffe‘s fake…

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DII Workshop Recap

The latest DII workshop took place in Redmond over the last two days. There were presentations at this event from a variety of people, including members of the Office product groups at Microsoft and developers and consultants from several other companies. Topics covered included planning an IS29500 document test library, server-side document assembly strategies, various…

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Weeks of links for 10-20-2008

I’ve fallen a few weeks behind on posting links to various articles and blog posts, so this post is a bit long. As you can see, the world of document format interoperability has been humming along irregardless of my inattention … Monarch v10 released. Datawatch announced today the release of Version 10 of their flagship…

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