October, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Open XML links for 10-11-2007

    Andy Updegrove's "Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota: Your Chance to Help" provides information about how to provide feedback on document formats legislation to the state of Minnesota. The deadline for feedback is next Monday, so if you'd like to participate in the process now's the time to do it. You might want to share your views on whether choice is a good thing or not, whether governments should mandate specific formats rather than general guidelines, and related topics. The Massachusetts ETRM is a...
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    OMPM tips

    As more organizations are moving to Office 2007 and the Open XML formats, I've started to hear more questions about how to work with the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) , the set of tools that helps manage bulk conversion from the legacy Office binary formats Open XML. Here's a resource on Channel 9 that I just learned about: the "Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) Contributions" page. It covers some tips about how to determine which documents have macros, by directly querying the...
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    document formats legislation in the US

    Shane Peterson, who has been following document formats legislation in the US for some time , has a new article on Public CIO entitled " What Domino Effect? " that takes a close look at how the situation has evolved in Massachussetts and Texas. The article includes some quotes from my friend and colleague Stuart McKee on the value of choice: "The reality is that many file formats exist to satisfy the incredible diversity of needs in software applications," he said, noting that some document...
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    What do you save as?

    Some interesting anecdotes and attitudes in a thread on Slashdot that started yesterday afternoon and has 463 comments already … "Looking through an article on the smartphone office suite Quickoffice, I noted a claim by a company executive that OpenOffice users usually save their documents in a Microsoft format, e.g. .doc. Hence the company has no plans to support .odf. I guess I can see the rationale for this — it helps if you're sending a document to an MS-using company — but what's this community...
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    Fooled by randomness

    Rick Jelliffe's "Name 'em and shame 'em! Non-voters on recent SC34 ballots" covers the actual facts of recent SC34 activity, which various parties have tried to stitch together to support their agendas. As usual, his post needs no explanation; here's an excerpt: So lets actually look at the NBs that failed to vote, and compare to their vote on DIS 29500 (Open XML) as far as I can figure it out. I’ll use the ballot results on the recent NVDL draft corrigendum as an example. The countries that voted...
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    There are two rules of blogging that the experts seem to all agree on: don't don't blog about the fact you've not been blogging, and don't post pictures of your cat . So I'll not say anything more about the fact I've been really busy lately and haven't been blogging as much as I'd like ... One reason I've been busy was that I spoke at a local event yesterday, the annual http://www.ecnw.org/BoeingXMLconf/Boeing_xml_conference_2007.html conference. It was a great opportunity to hear firsthand about...
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    Conditional Formatting

    Scott Ruble has a post on on the Excel team blog today, asking for feedback on the databars functionality that was introduced in Excel 2007. This is a very popular new capability, and part of a more general concept known as "conditional formatting," where various types of formatting are applied to cells to indicate the relative magnitude of the values in those cells. Scott's post presents a few scenarios and asks for feedback on what people would like to see done in those cases. If you're a conditional...
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    Open XML links for 10-02-2007

    Oliver Bell's "Open XML: Custom Schema Support" describes how Open XML features like OPC (Open Packaging Convention) and custom XML parts can be used to embed business data in documents. His example is based on a health care scenario, and includes a video demo that's like an art movie, complete with French subtitles. :-) Speaking of French , if those subtitles made perfect sense to you then you might want to check out Julien Chable's take on custom XML , the "partie de l'iceberg." The extensibility...
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    WordPerfect Office beta supports Open XML

    Interesting news out of Ottawa today: Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced a new beta version of Corel® WordPerfect® Office that supports both the Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft® Office Open XML (OOXML), the default file format for Microsoft® Office 2007. The new beta will allow users to open, view and edit ODF and OOXML files and uniquely positions Corel as the industry's format-neutral...
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