As promised last month, the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge, and the development roadmap has been published. Read my earlier post for more background on this: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2008/01/16/mapping-documents-in-the-binary-format-doc-xls-ppt-to-the-open-xml-format.aspx
Here's an overview of what's now available:
The "Office Binary (doc, xls, ppt) Translator to Open XML" project is now live on sourceforge: http://b2xtranslator.sourceforge.net/
As you may remember, this was a request from a number of national bodies, and while Ecma TC45 believed it was outside of the scope of DIS 29500, they did talk with Microsoft and come to this agreement:
Nonetheless, Ecma International discussed this subject with Microsoft Corporation, the author of the Binary Formats. To make it even easier for third party conversion of Binary Format-to-DIS 29500, Microsoft agreed to:
We will modify DIS 29500 to include an informative reference to the SourceForge project.
While the project is still in its infancy, you can see what the planned project roadmap is, as well as an early draft of a mapping table between the Word binary format (.doc) and the Open XML format (.docx).
The binary documentation itself is available up here: http://www.microsoft.com/interop/docs/OfficeBinaryFormats.mspx
It's all covered under the Open Specification Promise.
Another great surprise in all of this is that we've made the documentation for a few other supporting technologies available as it may be of use to folks implementing the binary formats: http://www.microsoft.com/interop/docs/supportingtechnologies.mspx
The technologies included are:
These technologies are also all available under the Open Specification Promise.
Have a great weekend everyone!