December, 2008

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Ecma approves ECMA-376 Edition 2 aligned with IS29500

    The Ecma General Assembly met on December 4, and one of the matters they addressed was publication of ECMA-376 Edition 2. By a vote of 20-3, the GA approved publication of Edition 2 and it's now available on the Ecma web site . Note that IS29500 and ECMA-376 Edition 2 have identical content, and differ only in name. This is common practice for Ecma, to synchronize the Ecma version with the ratified ISO/IEC version so that there is no divergence in the two standards. For those who've asked about...
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    ODF Implementation Notes for Office 2007 SP2

    Microsoft has today published our first set of document-format implementation notes, for the ODF implementation in Office 2007 SP2. These notes, which are available on the DII web site , provide detailed information about the design decisions that went into our implementation of ODF 1.1. See the press release for more information. The implementation notes can be found under the "OASIS ODF 1.1" option on the Reference dropdown on the DII home page . The site is structured to allow for multiple...
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    Miscellaneous links for 12-09-2008

    If you've been at one of the recent DII workshops, you may recall that some of us from Microsoft have been talking about an upcoming converter interface that will allow you to add support for other formats to Office. I'm pleased to report that we've now published the documentation on MSDN for the External File Converter for SP2 . The basic concept is that you convert incoming files to the Open XML format, and on save you convert Open XML to your format. Using this API, you can extend Office to support...
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    Brussels DII workshop

    I participated in the DII workshop in Brussels earlier this week, where I got a chance to catch up with old friends and also to make some new ones. Maarten Balliauw and Julien Chable have already covered the event in detail, but here's a brief summary of the presenters for this one: Vijay Rajagopalan provided an overview of various projects that have come out of prior DII workshops, such as the Open XML-HTML Translator Add-in for Firefox. (Watch a demo here .). He also talked about the latest...
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