May, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    UOF translator project

    "There is a Chinese curse which says, "May he live in interesting times." Like it or not, we live in interesting times." - Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Most historians now doubt whether there was ever any such curse. But its enduring popularity has made such questions irrelevant. To paraphrase Voltaire, if that saying didn't exist it would be necessary to invent it. It seems to fit so many situations, and consequently it has been repeated millions of times. That mythical saying sprung to mind when...
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    Custom schemas revisited

    I've seen some signs of confusion about custom schema support lately. For example, I've seen a vendor claim that Open XML's support for custom schemas is "essentially inherent in XML itself" and that "there is nothing that OOXML supports via custom schemas that ODF 1.0 does not already support." I suppose that if your goal is to prevent your customers from considering formats that your software doesn't support, then this tactic probably makes sense. After all, if you can convince people that Open...
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    Sao Paulo Open XML Workshop

    We had some interesting people at the Brazil workshop, including students, software developers, members of local technical committees, and others. Yesterday morning we flew from Sao Paulo to Santiago, Chile, where we'll be doing a workshop on Monday and Tuesday. Here are a few pictures from the last two days: Mauricio Ordonez explaining DrawingML (as was used to generate the effects on the thumbnails below), the high-rise sprawl of Sao Paulo, crossing the Andes , and the foothills east of Santiago...
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    Nairobi Open XML workshop

    I just finished two days of Open XML workshops here in Nairobi, and had a great time. Kenya has a rapidly evolving software scene that was fun to see firsthand. These guys asked some questions I've never heard before, and pushed me to try some things in front of the group that I'd never tried. (All Open XML-related, of course!) Some worked, some didn't, but it was a good learning experience for all of us. We had some attendees from the SC34 technical committee here that's reviewing the Open XML...
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    Bogota Open XML workshop

    Friday afternoon we finished up the workshop in Bogota, Colombia. This one was essentially a train-the-trainer event, since we had 3rd-party trainers and Microsoft people attending from several countries (Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia) and many of them will be redelivering the content. We also had some attendees who are involved in interesting types of Open XML applications which I'll be talking about later. Thanks to everyone involved for making this a successful event. Especially Sandra...
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    Mexico workshop, Open XML links

    The Mexico City workshop for Open XML developers was the fourth and final one on the latest tour, and it had a great group of attendees. Everyone asked Mauricio more questions in Spanish than they asked me in English, but I've learned not to take that personally in these Spanish-speaking countries. :-) At the Mexico workshop we had a very interesting guest presentation from the developers at Intellekt, who have developed a cool Open XML solution for a customer who uses XML invoices. I'll be writing...
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    Open equis-eme-ele

    I've linked to Julien Chable's excellent French-language posts about Open XML many times, and now after spending some time in Spanish-speaking countries recently I have a couple of Spanish-language blogs to recommend as well ... Chris Strevel of Intellekt has posted a bunch of Open XML content in Spanish on his blog. Check out his post " What Office Open XML means for developers ." Chris leads a very progressive and fast-paced dev team at Intellekt in Mexico City, and he also happens to have won...
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    Santiago workshop and many others

    We just finished the Open XML developer workshop here in Santiago. Another chance to meet some interesting people and discuss the ways they're planning to use the Open XML file formats in their work. Thanks to everyone involved for getting this one put together, and especially hard-working Sole, who managed the workshop logistics, booked us a hotel on a few hours notice (my mistake, long story), and also took the time to help us celebrate my birthday. (Chris, you were a lot of fun, too. :-)) ...
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    DIN working group on document translation

    “Instead of either/or, we’re enabling interoperability between various document standards” -- Gerd Schürmann, Fraunhofer FOKUS I was catching up on my RSS feeds after a busy few days, and came across references from Brian Jones and Stephen McGibbon to this press release : Convened by Gerd Schürmann, head of the eGovernment unit at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin, the 'Translation of Document Formats' Working Group of DIN's Information Technology Standardization...
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    San Francisco Open XML workshop

    Are you working on an Open XML development project? Or interested in learning the fundamentals of how to create rich Open XML documents programmatically? If so, there's an upcoming event you should know about. On June 18 and 19, I'll be teaching an Open XML workshop in San Francisco, hosted by Mindjet . My co-instructor will be Chris Predeek, and I'm really looking forward to working with him. Chris is the author of most of the hands-on labs we've been using for these workshops, and he's an amazingly...
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