August, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Oh, the drama of it all!

    The ISO voting on Open XML is delivering even more drama this week than I expected. In addition to the reality of what's going on, IBM and their friends are finding all sorts of imaginary dragons to slay, or at least to talk about. The search for the "smoking gun" I see today that Rob Weir's NO-OOXML blog has a "pseudorandom" set of complaints, one of which I'd like to address. Here's the relevant quote: "But back to Sweden. My, my, what a mess. I suspect the same has happened elsewhere...
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    Massachusetts ETRM V4.0 recommends Open XML and ODF 1.1

    A month ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts posted a draft of its revised Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) policy, requesting comments from the public. As I noted in a post on June 30 , "The ETRM (Enterprise Technical Reference Model) provides an architectural framework used to identify the standards, specifications and technologies recommended for use in the Commonwealth’s computing environment . This update included two document-format changes: updating the OpenDocument Format specification...
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    Open XML development book

    Wouter Van Vugt's book "Open XML Explained" is now available for free download from The book is based on the content used in the Open XML developer workshops ( available here ), with several additional topics included as well. At 128 pages, this book is essentially a high-level tour of the features of Open XML, with low-level details provided for features that most developers will want to use in typical applications. For now the book is only available in soft copy format...
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    Developer workshop content

    If you've attended one of the Open XML Developer workshops that I and others have delivered in the last few months, you probably received a bunch of presentations, hands-on labs with complete source code, lab manuals, and demo files. We passed out that content as takeaway items for all the attendees, but now, even if you didn't attend one of those workshops, you can get a copy of all the workshop content by simply downloading it from the "Open XML Developer Workshop content" page on OpenXMLDeveloper...
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    US passes motion for "Yes with comments"

    The INCITS executive board in the US has passed a motion to vote "Yes with comments" on DIS 29500, Office Open XML. Voting details can be found here . "OOXML Fails to Gain Approval in US" "OOXML Approval Vote Fails in INCITS"
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    Open XML workshop videos

    MSDN has published the complete set of videos of the San Francisco Open XML developer workshop that was hosted by Mindjet in June. This was one of the series of workshops that we did in over 30 locations this spring, covering the content that was recently posted on . If the workshop didn't come to your city, now you can watch the videos from anywhere, and you can also download all of the presentations, hands-on labs, and demo files used in the workshops. The focus of the workshop...
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    Open XML links for 08-06-2007

    Nuance OmniPage supports Open XML. Nuance's best-selling OmniPage Professional 16 has been released with support for DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX formats . There are many conversion and translation tools available for digital formats, but OmniPage bridges the gap between paper documents and digital formats. It can analyze a scanned image and break it down into real-world document components such as text regions, images, and tables. After the OCR and form recognition is complete, OmniPage can save the document...
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    Server-side document creation

    Erika Ehrli has a great post on "Building Server-Side Document Generation Solutions" that shows how to build custom report generator helper classes that can make document generation much simpler for those working in the .NET environment. And being Erika, she has thoughtfully posted both C# and VB versions. Thanks, Erika! Here are the links: Part 1 of the article: Part 1 of the article:
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    inching toward September 2

    The September 2 vote on DIS 29500 is rapidly approaching, and Jason Matusow has posted a wrap-up of where things stand in the US: Open XML - US Vote Progress Continues . As Jason explains, the INCITS executive board is considering whether to submit an "Approve with comments" position for the US. The US is one country whose technical comments aren't being reviewed at the moment, because the V1 technical committee handed things off to the executive board last month on Friday the 13th . IBM continues...
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    Breaking out of the rut

    The Open XML standardization debate has been going on long enough that there are some recurring themes which we've all seen many times now: the list of Groklaw comments and various responses to them from Ecma, Microsoft, and others; the long list of comments from IBM, which was submitted to many technical committees in the last couple of months; the complaint that the spec is too big, and that it leaves too much out, or that it has too much Microsoft technology mentioned in it, or not enough, and...
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