April, 2008

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Alex Brown's research, AbiWord enhancements

    In a recent blog post, Alex Brown looks at how well Office 2007 supports Open XML . As he explains, I was excited to receive from Murata Makoto a set of the RELAX NG schemas for the (post-BRM) revision of OOXML, and thought it would be interesting to validate some real-world content against them, to get a rough idea of how non-conformant the standardisation of 29500 had made MS Office 2007 . It's an interesting question. Office 2007 supported the ECMA-376 standard, but many changes were made...
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    The national bodies have been notified of the results of the ISO/IEC process, and the outcome is now known: Open XML has been approved as an ISO/IEC standard. Here are links to all of the details: Brian Jones: Open XML Overwhelmingly Approved as an ISO / IEC standard (IS 29500): the end of the file formats war Jason Matusow: IS29500 - Open XML Is An International Standard Oliver Bell: DIS29500 becomes IS29500 Stephen McGibbon: TC45 comments on ISO/IEC approval of DIS29500 Jean van...
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    ODF conformance tests

    Spring is in the air, and many a young man's thoughts turn to the matter of ODF compliance. Well, perhaps not many, but at least two ... Jesper Lund Stocholm has posted the results of some tests that he participated in last fall, working with vendors including IBM, Microsoft and Novell to test interoperability of Open XML and ODF implementations. They used a set of sample documents provided by Danish public-sector organizations as the basis for the tests. Jesper's findings are listed in the...
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    M1 Beta CTP of binary translator project

    The binary translator project has reached its first milestone: release of a CTP (Community Technology Preview) of the project. You can download it from the project's download page . There you'll find download links for the executable (doc2x.exe), complete source code, and a set of sample documents to be used as test cases. Note that if you want to compile the source code you'll need Visual Studio (Express Edition is fine). I downloaded the executable version and played around with it a bit...
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    Open XML links for 04-28-2008

    Open XML SDK Class Diagram Explorer. Erika Ehrli has created a reference for Open XML developers that is also a great demo of the types of user interfaces that Silverlight enables. The Open XML FormatSDK Class Diagram Explorer uses Deep Zoom to enable intuitive browsing on a large hi-res image of the entire class diagram for the SDK. SDK code samples. Julien Chable has posted simple code samples showing how to create a new word-processing document or replace a custom XML part using the latest...
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    Open XML links for 04-17-2008

    Like a few other people, I've been taking a break from blogging since the Open XML vote was final, to deal with an overflowing email inbox and a few other things. Here are some posts that I've found interesting in the last couple of weeks: SC34 plenary. The semi-annual SC34 meeting took place in Oslo last week, and it sounds like good progress was made on setting up the plans for future maintenance of IS29500. Brian Jones has an overview of what took place in the meeting, Alex Brown describes...
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    Open XML SDK

    The April CTP version is now available, and Erika Ehrli has all the details.
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    Altova upgrades tools for Open XML developers

    Altova has announced an upgrade to the Altova MissionKit bundle with several changes of interest to Open XML developers, including improved SpreadsheetML support in MapForce , larger files supported by XMLSpy, DOCX support in StyleVision , and differencing between Open XML documents in DiffDog . Alexander Falk has the details on his blog.
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