January, 2008

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    More thoughts on harmonization

    Brian Jones has a post this afternoon on the concept of harmonization of document formats, and in particular harmonization of the Open XML and ODF formats. After reading that post, Rick Jelliffe's ODF Alliance love letter , and Gray Knowlton's list of investments Microsoft has made in document format interoperability , I've been thinking about the concept of harmonization and how it might work in practical terms. Harmonization is a large and complex topic, as Brian points out: I've posted before...
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    Open XML links for 01-31-2008

    Another busy day for me, with very little time for blogging, but there's so much going on in the Open XML world these days that my RSS feeds seem to have an "Open XML links" post ready and waiting every time I look. Here's what's new in my feeds today ... Improved Open XML support for OpenOffice. Novell has announced availability of version 1.1.0 of the OpenOffice.OpenXML Translator , which adds support for docx/xlsx/pptx files to the latest Novell edition of OpenOffice.org on the Windows and...
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    The Silver Bullet of Harmonization

    My friend and colleague Jasper Bojsen has written an interesting post on a tactic some are using to fight Open XML standardization: Myth: ISO Approval of Open XML Will Hurt Interoperability . Jasper usually posts in Danish, a language with which I am unfortunately not interoperable. But when he writes in English it's always a good read, and I see he has two English posts in a row now. So it's a good time to subscribe to his RSS feed for another perspective on the document formats debate going...
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    Open XML links for 01-30-2008

    Open XML and XSLT with XMLSpy. Alex Falk has a great post on how to create a simple XSLT that transforms WordprocessingML into HTML, using the built-in support for both Open XML and XSLT that SMLSpy provides. It's the first in a series he'll be doing, so be sure to subscribe to his RSS feed and follow along to learn what XMLSpy has to offer Open XML developers. The latest thoughts from the BRM convenor. Alex Brown has posted some thoughts on Tracking OOXML issues , including ideas on procedures...
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    Open XML links for 01-25-2008

    TechDays 2008. TechDays 2008 is coming soon to Ghent, and Gill Cleeren has the details. I enjoyed presenting there last year, and this year Chad Hower will be doing a session on Open XML. It's a great event in a beautiful city, so register now . DAISY translator V1 available. Reed Shaffner has all the details. Congratulations to Reed and the team on getting this going so quickly! Decoding the FUD. Oliver Bell has an interesting overview of some of the latest lobbying efforts going on around...
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    Open XML links for 01-23-2008

    Reading Reed. my colleague Reed Shaffner has started blogging. This should be fun. Reed is the driving force behind the DAISY translator project , and one of the most dynamic and creative people on the Office product management team. Watch for Reed to have plenty to say about Office (Word especially), accessibility, and related topics. Welcome to the blogosphere, Reed! Mandating document format decisions. Oliver Bell takes "A Closer Look At Those “Single Standard” Policy Mandates" and concludes...
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    Welcome to the party, IBM!

    I learned this afternoon from Gray Knowlton , that a commenter on Brian's blog had linked to a couple of interesting items over on IBM.com . It looks like IBM has at least a couple of products that are now supporting the Open XML formats. The WebSphere Portal for z/OS has some information about how to set up Document Conversion Services for Open XML documents: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wpdoc/v6r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wp.zos.doc/wpf/dcs_info.html And DB2 Content Manager V8...
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    Open XML links for 01-18-2007

    Google's support for the Open XML formats continues to improve. They recently started identifying DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files correctly, and now their ability to render Open XML documents is getting better. Brian Jones has some screen shots and other details. George Kerscher on accessibility. I had the opportunity this week to meet George Kerscher, the secretary general of the Daisy Consortium. He was in town to attend a press event at the invitation of my colleague Reed Shaffner, and Gray Knowlton...
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    Binary documentation and translator project

    Brian Jones has some good news today for developers who want to work with both the binary Office formats (doc/xls/ppt) and the Open XML formats: one of the proposed dispositions to the DIS 29500 comments describes how Microsoft is going to make it easier to get information about the binary formats and provide open-source tools and guidance for translating binary documents into Open XML. All the details are in Brian's blog post , and here's the key portion of one of the proposed disposition: ...
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    DIS 29500 proposed dispositions

    Today's announcement from Ecma that written responses have been provided for all 3,522 national body comments in the DIS 29500 standards process is a major milestone for all involved. Brian Jones has a few details on his blog as well. Looking at the magnitude of what has been accomplished, I can't help thinking of the comparison between these two tasks: Create a standard specification of a few thousand pages, for a document format that's designed to provide compatibility with an existing...
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