Brian Jones: Office Solutions

I'm Brian Jones, the group program manager of the Office Solutions Framework team.

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  • Blog Post: Using Open XML to author scientific and technical articles

    Pablo Fernicola has the news today that we've released a tech preview of an article authoring add-in for word 2007. This add-in leverages the Open XML formats to translate into the XML formats defined by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Blog Post: Open XML news

    Here are a few interesting links related to the Open XML formats US technical committee reaches deadlock – Doug talks about how the discussions went in the US technical committee tasked with reviewing the Open XML formats. It sounds like they were just one vote short of getting approval, which means...
  • Blog Post: Importing your XML into a spreadsheet

    I'm going to try to get back on top of all the e-mails folks have been sending me. If you've e-mailed me over the past 6 months the odds are that I didn't reply yet, and I'm sorry about that. I'll start reading through the e-mails again and rather than just replying directly I'll actually try to post...
  • Blog Post: Custom Schemas are the key for interoperability with your business data

    Doug had a great post last week discussing the importance of custom defined schemas. Check it out:
  • Blog Post: Working with XBRL

    Doug Mahugh had a post last week showing how you could leverage the custom schema support in OpenXML to create a report based on XBRL data. Here's a screenshot of the document he created (where each value is bound to...
  • Blog Post: How microformats relate to custom XML

    I've blogged a few times about the support for custom defined schema in the OpenXML formats. ( ) I've had a few folks ask me if there are similarities between the custom defined schema support and Microformats. While...
  • Blog Post: The power of data-view separation in your documents

    There is an excellent post over on the Word team blog that goes into details on how the new content controls feature (when parred with XML mapping) allows for powerful data-view separation in you wordprocessing documents. I've talked many times about the custom defined schema support, and this post from...
  • Blog Post: Custom Defined Schemas

    I've talked a lot about the value of "Custom Schema" support in Office. Anytime I give talks on the file formats, I make sure to spend some time also talking about the support for custom schema. I don't think I've really given the basic intro though on the difference between reference schemas and custom...
  • Blog Post: Create a rich Word document based on your own custom XML (without the need for XSLT)

    I hope everyone had a great new year. Sorry I've taken so much time off from blogging. I was pretty busy last week just getting caught up on e-mail. For those of you who posted comments, or sent comments to me directly, I'll try to get to them all (sorry it's taking so long). Last month was such a busy...
  • Blog Post: Integrating with business data: Store custom XML in the Office XML formats

    As I've already talked about a number of times on this blog, there are two core pieces to the XML support in Office. The first piece is what we call our "reference schemas." The reference schemas are the schemas we've defined in Office to represent our files as XML. This includes WordprocessingML; SpreadsheetML;...
  • Blog Post: Custom schema support in all Office "12" SKUs!

    I haven't seen much mention of this yet so I wanted to call it out in case folks weren't aware yet. For Office "12", all of the XML functionality will be enabled in all SKUs. In Office 2003, the XML file formats were enabled in all versions, but the support for customer defined schemas was only in the...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 6: Locking down your XML structures

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  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 5: Opening custom XML

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  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 3: Using Your Own Schema

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