Brian Jones: Office Solutions

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

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  • Blog Post: Friday thoughts (Oct 27, 2006)

    I'd been meaning to post a write-up on how to create a simple SpreadsheetML document from scratch, but just haven't had the time this week to pull it all together. Hopefully I'll get that out early next week. I had already done a similar post for WordprocessingML (both for Beta 1 as well as RTM ). Here...
  • Blog Post: Parsing WordprocessingML using XLinq

    Here's a post from Eric White where he provides some code samples for using XLinq to parse a WordprocessingML document: http://blogs.msdn.com/ericwhite/archive/2006/08/01/685535.aspx Here's the description of what Eric was trying to accomplish: "Recently, I had a problem where there wasn't a code...
  • Blog Post: Use the Open XML formats today with Office XP & Office 2003

    A coworker of mine, just reminded me that for those folks interested in using the new Open XML formats but don't want to upgrade to Office 2007 Beta 2, we also released a public preview of the compatibility packs (thanks Jon!). This is one of the other really important points I've tried to get across...
  • 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: MSDN Webcast: Building Microsoft Office 2003 Solutions Using XML and XML Web Services

    There's a webcast next Thursday (Nov. 3) that will show ways you can leverage Office 2003's XML functionality to integrate with Web Services. It will go into both the file formats and the custom defined schema support, and should only last about a hour, so if you get a chance you should check it out...
  • Blog Post: Real world example: Shredding Office documents and storing in a backend database

    I've been receiving various e-mails from folks showing solutions they are building on top of the existing Office XML support, and I wanted to start posting some of these examples. Today, I wanted to post an e-mail I received from Robert Nederby who works for Coextant. They've built a solution that shows...
  • Blog Post: Knowledge is the "key" when talking about XML support in Office

    There has been a lot of speculation over what the XML support in Office really entails. I think knowledge is really the key here, and I ask all of you who are interested to take some time to actually get your feet wet and understand the facts. I've made a number of posts over the past 3 months where...
  • Blog Post: More tools that work on top of Word XML

    There is a company called CambridgeDocs that has built a tool that will transform from WordML into XSL-FO. Here's a link to their site: http://www.cambridgedocs.com/products_wordml2FO.htm This is just another example of a group that has leveraged the XML support in Office 2003 to build a tool to solve...
  • Blog Post: Example of using XSLT to import DB info into Word

    Here's a blog entry I just came across where the user is building an XSLT that will transform their data into WordprocessingML ( http://dbdesc.com/blog/?p=10 ). It's followed up by another post that was made today ( http://dbdesc.com/blog/?p=11 ). This is a cool example of how you can start playing around...
  • Blog Post: Converting WordprocessingML into HTML (for easy viewing)

    Many people have asked me if there is an easy way to go from Word XML into XHTML. I've already mentioned that we have a tool available that transforms from Word 2003 XML into HTML. You can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=19676b18-1bcd-4852-93ba-0b5a203ea731&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 6: Locking down your XML structures

    [This post has been removed due to legal concerns]
  • Blog Post: Intro to Excel XML Part 3: Displaying your Data

    At this point, we're getting really close to PDC and I can't wait. At PDC, I'm going to go through some examples of the new formats in all three applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). I'll continue to talk about Office 2003 as well, but there will be more focus on the 12 formats from that point...
  • Blog Post: Capturing XML and Inserting XML in a Word Document

    In almost any solution you build in Word, there will be times that you either want to capture the content from part of the document, or insert some additional content at some location in the document. One example scenario I've seen for this are clause libraries where folks want to store a collection...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 5: Opening custom XML

    [This post was removed due to legal concerns]
  • Blog Post: Transforming Word XML to XSL-FO

    We put an article up back in the winter on transforming from WordprocessingML into XSL-FO. From there, you can go into other formats like PDF. Not sure if you guys have already seen this, but if not you should check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/word/codesamples/default.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 4: Schema Validation

    In the Intro to Word XML Part 3 , I showed how you could add your own XML to a Word document. I also briefly touched on how you could take advantage of the XML to make programming against the document a lot easier. Let's now briefly explore data validation. Schema Validation If you go to http:...
  • Blog Post: Slashdot article on Apple outputting Word XML format

    Slashdot: MS Office XML Format Now in TextEdit I saw this the other day on slashdot. I have to admit that this is the first time I've heard about this and I'm not really familiar with exactly what is being output by TextEdit. In the slashdot post there is a link to an example file , and if that's...
  • Blog Post: Redaction add-in for Word 2003

    This isn't a post on XML or the file formats, but I just saw this and wanted to link to it. Just the other day a tool was posted that allows you to do redaction on a Word document. You can get the download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=028C0FD7-67C2-4B51-8E87-65CC9F30F2ED&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 3: Using Your Own Schema

    [This post has been removed due to legal concerns]
  • Blog Post: Word XML's Context Free Chunks: Building a document from multiple pieces of content

    This is a bit of a more obscure feature that I like to point out every now and then. It's great if you are interested in building up a Word document from multiple pieces of content. This is a common scenario I've talked with a number of folks about over the years. In the design of WordprocessingML it...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Word XML Part 2: Simple Formatting

    If you read Part 1 of the Word XML Introduction, you saw the basics behind a Word document, as well as how basic formatting can be applied. The Word XML schemas were designed to closely map the structures that Word uses internally to represent a document. A Word document is essentially a collection of...
  • Blog Post: Article on Document Security

    I just read this post on document security: http://news.com.com/Document+security+Tell+me+another+joke/2010-1071_3-5783062.html?part=rss&tag=5783062&subj=news Obviously there are many different issues here, some easier to solve than others. Some of the problems are approachable with transparent...
  • Blog Post: Word XSLT: Data Only Transform

    If you've played around with Word 2003's XML support, you're probably aware that you can load your own schemas into Word and markup the document with your XML. When you save the file out, you get both the WordML and your XML mixed together. This allows you to search the files for your XML while still...
  • Blog Post: Try Office 2003 XML Yourself - Free Online Labs

    Are you interested in learning more about XML support in Office 2003? There are some great labs available online to help people get more familiar with the XML support in Office. These labs are available to everyone, you just need to set up an account (which is "free and painless"). It's really cool,...
  • Blog Post: Why do Office ".xml" files behave differently from other ".xml" files?

    Some of you who have worked with Office 2003 xml files may have noticed that while we use the ".xml" extension, the files still show unique icons and the original application is launched when you double click them. The files are totally valid XML files following the W3C 1.0 spec. The reason they behave...
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