An Analysis of the ODF Alliance’s "Top 10 Worst Dispositions"

The stridency and shrillness of the anti-Open XML contingent reached a new high a few weeks ago with their release of “Ecma’s Top 10 Worst Responses to NB Comments.”  Mauricio Ordoñez analyzed their complaints in detail.  You can find the results here.  I really appreciate how Mauricio summarized the situation when he said, “It seems…

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The Legacy Hashing Algorithm in Open XML

In Open XML, there is a feature whereby you can restrict editing, and allow only users who have a password to modify the file.  Now, understand, this isn’t a password that really protects the file.  It is easy to write an XML program that opens a file that has had its editing restricted, and modify…

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ThinkFree: A Cool Implementation of Open XML

ISVs all over the world are implementing Open XML despite what some would have you believe about the specification being too complex, or that only Microsoft would be able to implement it. This blog is inactive.New blog: EricWhite.com/blogBlog TOCI recently visited ThinkFree, a company in Korea that is making an on-line office platform that uses…

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An Approach to Reading Specifications Quickly

In this post, I’m going to give out one of my favorite secrets – how to read specifications quickly, with a high degree of retention. I have a particular technique, and if you use this technique, you may read specs more quickly, and you will remember more after you have read them.   This blog…

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Hashing of Passwords in the Open XML File Format

The Open XML specification is one of the most scrutinized specs ever to go through a standards process, and that’s great news for developers because there is a lot of useful new content in the proposed dispositions of various comments. A good example is on Brian Jones’s blog: the proposed disposition covering hashing algorithms. The…

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Why I Took This Job

I’ve been in my new job for three weeks as Technical Evangelist for Open XML. While I was pretty familiar with technical aspects of Open XML before taking this job, during these three weeks I’ve learned a whole lot about what is going on in the standardization process. It has been interesting and enlightening, particularly…

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How to Extract Comments from Open XML Documents

This post is based on an interesting query – a user of Open XML wanted a general way to extract the comments from Open XML documents and save them in a common metadata server. This post contains a short example that iterates through all files in a directory, and extracts all comments from them, and outputs…

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