January, 2008

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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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 01-11-2007

    I've been pretty busy since the holidays, and consequently haven't got around to posting links to all of the great Open XML information that I've come across lately. So without further delay, here are some of my favorite Open XML blog posts and projects I've run into since the first of the year ... Open source Open XML projects. I met Jason Harrop at the Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco last summer, and he showed me a very interesting Word add-in he was working on. Since then, Jason has...
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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 in Japan

    Open XML Book. Yoko Girier of Toshiba has written a book that provides an overview of the Open XML formats in Japanese. As a member of Ecma TC45, the technical committee that created the Ecma 376 specification, Yoko offers a well-informed view of the details of Open XML. In this book her goal was to provide an overview for users and an introduction to the formats for developers. The book includes a sample of how to work with WordprocessingML and custom XML markup in Java, including a conversion from...
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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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    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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    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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    "Breaking news" on NOOOXML.org

    Apparently the lack of IPR issues around Open XML ( Oliver and Jason have recent coverage of this non-issue) has forced NOOOXML.org to reach way down into their bag of tricks and try to resuscitate a long-forgotten story. I noticed the above breaking news item ( "ISO warned about possible patent ambush on OOXML" ) this afternoon on NOOOXML.org, but after taking the time to read the post and follow the links (5 minutes I can never get back, sadly), I found that the Cnet article upon which this story...
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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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    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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