Welcome!


Welcome to the blog for the team developing the XML Paper Specification and the Open Packaging Conventions! The official site for XPS and XPS-related topics is located at http://www.microsoft.com/xps.


We on the XPS Team intend to use this forum to post on a number of topics, including:



  1. Interim development updates to the XPS and Open Packaging Conventions specifications, so that you can glimpse the changes coming in the next version of the specification.
  2. XPS Document and package programming scenarios in WinFX and elsewhere.
  3. Observations and ideas about the XPS Document format and packages in general.

Here are a couple definitions to get us started.


XPS: XPS is an abbreviation for the XML Paper Specification, which defines the XPS Document format. The XPS Document format is both a fixed-layout document interchange format, a native Windows Vista spool file format, and a PDL (Page Description Language, used by printing devices). The XPS Document format is an open format for development on any platform, supported by a published specification. Microsoft integrates this format in the WinFX Runtime Components and Windows Vista and, which includes an XPS Viewer and APIs to support programming scenarios.


Open Packaging Conventions: This specification describes the shared conventions used by both the XPS Document format as well as the new Office “12” file formats (.docx, .docm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .pptx, .pptm) to store their content in a ZIP container according to a well-defined parts and relationships abstraction model. These conventions may be used by any file format that wishes. Microsoft also provides an API for these conventions in the WinFX Runtime Components and Windows Vista.


A couple other blogs we think you might find interesting include:



We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead.


– The XPS Team


Comments (4)

  1. Vinod Sa says:

    Hi,

    I am investigating the XPS document area.I have investigated at level where I could add Visuals to XPS document.Now,my One of the requirment is to generate the report using XPS Document which will fetch the record from database.

    do you have any idea to generate a report using XPS document which will get the data from database programmatically.?(Crystal report is the mapping scenario for it.To avoid using crystal report I want to use XPS Document)

    1.today I could add Text to XPS Document programmatically but the Problem I am facing is formatting the Text(Glyph) when I have lots of text and that need in some format.

    Could you give me some programming classes/practices that talks about formatting the XPS Document programmatically.

  2. Johnny says:

    How do I view an xps file on Windows 2000 operating system?

    Thanks,

    Johnny

  3. Weddings says:

    Welcome to the blog for the team developing the XML Paper Specification and the Open Packaging Conventions! The official site for XPS and XPS-related topics is located at http://www.microsoft.com/xps . We on the XPS Team intend to use this forum to pos

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