July, 2004

  • Andrew Ma's WebLog

    Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 Available!

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    Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 is now available! Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9C51D3A6-7CB1-4F61-837E-5F938254FC47&displaylang=en There are two files, here's a description of the differences: Office2003SP1...
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    Random Wednesday Posts

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    It's still pretty early in the morning, but I found a bunch of things I'd like to post up. I have a pet rabbit and someone sent me this link: http://www.local6.com/news/3547722/detail.html . I wonder if I can get my rabbit this big. Probably not considering...
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    Digital Music Subscription services

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    Recently, I bought myself a Creative Muvo 2 digital music device. It's a 4 gig device which is way more than I need to store all my CDs at 128 kps. I can also use it as a device to move data around. It's a nice device for me to wait until the portable...
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    Media Centers and .Text Skins

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    Portable Media Centers I've been holding out buying an iPod because most of my music is in WMA and I really don't want to rip all my CDs again. I also have a Windows Media Center and the integration with the portable media centers seems really interesting...
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    4th type of custom control binding

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    Ok, I said there were three types of custom control binding: simple binding, stream binding and node binding.... ok, so I kind of lied.... there's a fourth type... sort of... If you don't pick a Value property, then it won't give you a choice of binding...
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    InfoPath Posts

    Since I work for the Microsoft Office InfoPath team, I spend the majority of my work day using InfoPath. While doing this, I learn all kinds of interesting things that I would like to share with the community. Below are useful links to various InfoPath...
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    Why does my ActiveX control say that it needs to be marked as safe for initializing?

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    InfoPath custom controls can use a subset of ActiveX controls. This subset must implement IObjectSafety for it to work in InfoPath (you won't even be able to add it if you don't have this). For those writing Visual Basic 6.0 controls, take a look at...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part III - Node Binding)

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    Continuing (from Part II ) on, we will discuss the third type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Node Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field or Group (any data type)“ in the drop down...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part II - Stream Binding)

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    Continuing (from Part I ) on, we will discuss the second type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Stream Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field element with custom data type“ in the...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part I - Simple Binding)

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    Over the last year and a half, the InfoPath team has been working on the SP1 release. If anyone's seen the list of features, you'll notice that there are new features with a service pack release. The feature which I've worked on mostly was the custom...
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