January, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Open XML links for 01-31-2007

    Well, it's actually February 1 already here in Delhi. :-) Here are three great links about Office Open XML and related topics, each worth reading closely: Rick Jellife: "What is "Contradiction" of an ISO Standard?" Jonathan Allen: "Fire and Motion: What OpenXML Means to IBM and Lotus Notes" Miguel de Icaza: "The EU Prosecutors are Wrong" (Thanks to the anonymous poster who brought that last one to my attention.)
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    Open XML links for 01-30-2007

    I'm on the road this week and don't have time to write up much, but are some links to Open XML content on a few of my favorite blogs this week ... Wouter Van Vugt has a post on Accessing relationship parts that explains how to use the System.IO.Packaging API to get at the package relationship part, as you need to do when validating digital signatures. For you French speakers, Julien Chable has announced that he'll be speaking on Open XML development at Tech Days 2007 in France, including a...
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    Introduction to Office Open XML Code Snippets

    Office Programmability PM Kevin Boske has a new screencast on Channel 9 that takes you through how to work with the Office Open XML Code Snippets that are available as a free download on MSDN. There are 40 code snippets total, providing ready-to-use methods for common development chores ranging from deleting comments and metadata to reading/writing cells in spreadsheets to reordering slides and much more. This is a great chance to learn about how to work with the System.IO.Packaging API, straight...
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    ISO standards process explained

    Brian Jones has posted an overview of ISO Fast-Track certification that explains the various stages of the process. The Office Open XML file formats are currently going through this process, and there have been some incorrect things written about the details, in particular the notion that the whole process only lasts 30 days. Brian sets the record straight and outlines what will happen over the next few months in layman's terms.
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    Updated Open XML resources on MSDN

    Frank Rice has a great article entitled "How To: Manipulate Office Open XML Formats Documents" on MSDN. It goes through a series of instructions for combining sample document parts (provided) to manually create rich documents, then a series of instructions for editing documents manually. Since these are manual exercises, non-programmers or programmers working on any language or platform can learn about Open XML architecture from them. Next comes a section on writing code to manipulate Open...
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    Webcast on Open XML development

    Next Tuesday, January 30, Mindjet Labs is sponsoring a free webcast on the architecture of their Word 2007 add-in for MindManager. This product takes full advantage of Open XML's custom schema support to provide true round-trip interoperability between MindManager's XML format and an Open XML document (Word 2007 DOCM format in this case). Michael Scherotter of Mindjet, the architect of the Word add-in, will lead the webcast, and he'll also have my colleague and good friend Don Campbell with him...
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    Question for Michael Arrington

    I posted a question on TechCrunch yesterday, and this evening I returned to check for an answer. But for some reason my comment had been deleted earlier today. So I thought I'd just repost the same question here, where I can keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't accidentally get deleted. Here's my question: "Why do you say "the discussion area of the Wikipedia page in question does not show any Microsoft involvement?" Maybe he was thrown for a loop by the fact I had participated under...
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    Interesting Times

    It seems I've put a few folks in a bit of a tizzy, by asking Rick Jelliffe to contribute his expertise to some incorrections on Wikipedia that I've been unable to get corrected on my own. I won't take the time to go through the whole story here, but these are the links that tell the tale: Rick's original post (many interesting comments): http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2007/01/an_interesting_offer.html "Microsoft PR Paying to "Correct" Wikipedia" on Slashdot: http://yro.slashdot.org/article...
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    Open XML webcasts (French)

    Last month the Microsoft Paris office featured Open XML development at their "mercredis du développement" event, and webcasts from that event are now available on MSDN/France. Cyril Durand has posted a list of links to the webcasts. These webcasts (13 total) are all delivered in French, and they cover Open XML development in .NET, Java, PHP, and Xlinq, as well as some of the basics of the main schemas and reviews of some major Open XML projects including the ODF translator project and the DOCX2HTML...
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    Diversity vs. Conformity

    Do you remember the print ads for American Express that showed jockey Willie Shoemaker and NBA star Wilt Chamberlain standing barefoot on the beach in matching white suits? I liked that ad so much that I had a copy of it hanging in my office for a long time in the 80s when it first came out. It was a striking image that conveyed how some people break the mold and can't be made to look like others, even if you put everyone in the same simple clothing. Diversity is a word that gets a lot of lip...
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