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…

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Tracked Changes

When I blogged about the release of SP2 with ODF support two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to blog about a few of the tough decisions we faced in our SP2 implementation of ODF, such as the decision not to support tracked changes.  I’ve spent some time since then covering our approach…

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Links for 05/04/2009

PHPPowerPoint 0.1.0 was released last week, as an open-source PHP API for generating PPTX files, much like the PHPExcel API for XLSX files.  Maarten Balliauw has a blog post with more information, download links, and sample code. A new post at OpenXMLDeveloper.org covers the Simple OOXML Library, a set of classes that sit on top…

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Miscellaneous links for 03/18/2009

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted, and I’ve come across several interesting blog posts and articles in that time.  Here are a few favorites … There’s some cool new content that has started appearing on the OpenXMLDeveloper.org site.  First was the OOXML Crawler, an application that crawls all the documents at a…

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Odds & ends for 03-01-2009

The ODF TC has published Committee Draft 01 for ODF 1.2. This is not the official public-review version yet, but you can download the draft and provide feedback to the TC if you want to get an early start on the process. On a related note, OASIS administrator Mary McRae has posted a call for…

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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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Links for 08-09-2008

Interoperability Study. Jay Kesan and Rajiv Shah of the University of Illinois have published a study on interoperability between various implementations of ODF and Open XML, respectively. I first saw it mentioned on Jesper’s blog, and here’s a link to the study. A few quotes from the abstract: “… governments seeking the benefits of open…

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ODF workshop in Redmond

We had our ODF workshop today in Redmond, and it was a busy day full of interesting conversation with a great bunch of people. We had the architects of our ODF implementation at the event, and they demonstrated various functionality for the attendees, then we had an engaging roundtable discussion followed by hands-on lab time…

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Open XML links for 05-05-2008

Library of Congress’s standards activity. The Library of Congress has posted an overview of the work they’ve been doing to support the development of key open standards for digital content, including Office Open XML and PDF/A. I had the pleasure of working with LOC’s Caroline Arms during the ISO/IEC standards process for Open XML, and…

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Open XML links for 04-28-2008

Open XML SDK Class Diagram Explorer. Erika Ehrli has created a reference for Open XML developers that is also a great demo of the types of user interfaces that Silverlight enables. The Open XML FormatSDK Class Diagram Explorer uses Deep Zoom to enable intuitive browsing on a large hi-res image of the entire class diagram…

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