September, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Open XML links for 09-18-2007

    there have been some great discussions about Open XML online in the last week. Here are a few of my favorites ... Jason Matusow started an interesting thread about Open XML implementations on his blog. The participants include several people who have implemented Open XML support in their products, and it's both rare and welcome to have this much hands-on experience in a public debate about file formats. I love the way Andy Updegrove raised questions that led to some great comments and debate;...
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    OPC implementation test documents

    In my presentation at TechEd SEA yesterday, I explained the importance of writing code against the relationship structure of an OPC package instead of hard-coding URIs that point to specific part names in specific folders. That's a key concept for building flexible Open XML implementations that interoperate with other implementations: follow the relationships, and ignore the part names and locations, which may vary between different implementations. The attached ZIP file contains three sample...
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    Open XML links for 09-11-2007

    I'm in Kuala Lumpur this week for TechEd, and it's my first trip to Malaysia. The area near my hotel is really modern and spectacular, with lots of shops and bars and restaurants, and the Microsoft office and the convention center are both a short walk away. The photo here shows the view from in front of my hotel. Yesterday we put on an Open XML workshop for a group of developers representing ISV and government agency perspectives. It was a very interactive all-day session, with many good questions...
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    Open XML links for 09-06-2007

    While my colleagues are all attending the company meeting today (or so their OOF messages say :-)), I'm getting caught up at the office before leaving town for a week. In my overflowing inbox I found a few Open XML links worth sharing ... Open XML spreadsheet component for .NET developers. GemBox Software has released version 2.0 of their GemBox.Spreadsheet, which allows developers to read and write spreadsheets in CSV, XLS, and XLSX formats. In addition to XLSX support, the new version works...
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    Voting on DIS 29500

    The voting has closed on the Open XML ballot, and ISO has issued a press release that explains the outcome: The five-month ballot process ended on 2 September and was open to the IEC and ISO national member bodies from 104 countries, including 41 that are participating members of the joint ISO/IEC technical committee, JTC 1, Information technology. Approval requires at least 2/3 (i.e. 66.66 %) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in ISO/IEC JTC 1 to be positive; and no more than...
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    Open XML sans le drame

    I just finished reading the comments posted on a few Open XML blogs over the weekend, a task which took much longer than I expected. My impression is that people want to talk about the outcome of the voting period that ended yesterday, but we don't have a public result yet to talk about, so all that pent-up energy is going into rehashing the debates and rumors of recent months. Emotions are running high in many places. But in the midst of all the conspiracy theories, finger-pointing, and name...
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