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  • Blog Post: OASIS ODF 1.2 Approved

    As expected, OASIS members have approved ODF 1.2 as an OASIS Standard. Although the official announcement from OASIS hasn’t been posted yet, Rob Weir (chair of the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee) has a blog post with information about ODF 1.2 and those who have contributed to it. As...
  • Blog Post: Tracked Changes

    When I blogged about the release of SP2 with ODF support two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to blog about a few of the tough decisions we faced in our SP2 implementation of ODF, such as the decision not to support tracked changes. I’ve spent some time since then covering our approach to formulas...
  • Blog Post: Links for 05/04/2009

    PHPPowerPoint 0.1.0 was released last week, as an open-source PHP API for generating PPTX files, much like the PHPExcel API for XLSX files.  Maarten Balliauw has a blog post with more information, download links, and sample code. A new post at OpenXMLDeveloper.org covers the Simple OOXML Library...
  • Blog Post: Miscellaneous links for 03/18/2009

    It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted, and I’ve come across several interesting blog posts and articles in that time.  Here are a few favorites … There’s some cool new content that has started appearing on the OpenXMLDeveloper.org site.  First was the OOXML Crawler , an application that...
  • Blog Post: Odds & ends for 03-01-2009

    The ODF TC has published Committee Draft 01 for ODF 1.2 . This is not the official public-review version yet, but you can download the draft and provide feedback to the TC if you want to get an early start on the process. On a related note, OASIS administrator Mary McRae has posted a call for proposals...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Links for 08-09-2008

    Interoperability Study. Jay Kesan and Rajiv Shah of the University of Illinois have published a study on interoperability between various implementations of ODF and Open XML, respectively. I first saw it mentioned on Jesper's blog , and here's a link to the study . A few quotes from the abstract: ...
  • Blog Post: ODF workshop in Redmond

    We had our ODF workshop today in Redmond, and it was a busy day full of interesting conversation with a great bunch of people. We had the architects of our ODF implementation at the event, and they demonstrated various functionality for the attendees, then we had an engaging roundtable discussion followed...
  • Blog Post: Open XML links for 05-05-2008

    Library of Congress's standards activity. The Library of Congress has posted an overview of the work they've been doing to support the development of key open standards for digital content, including Office Open XML and PDF/A. I had the pleasure of working with LOC's Caroline Arms during the ISO/IEC...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Open XML links for 11-04-2007

    There has been quite a bit of Open XML discussion in the blogosphere recently, and I've not posted on my blog for two weeks (a personal record, if not one to be proud of!), so without further delay here's a recap of some of the posts and articles I've found most interesting lately ... Two new articles...
  • Blog Post: UOF translator project

    "There is a Chinese curse which says, "May he live in interesting times." Like it or not, we live in interesting times." - Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Most historians now doubt whether there was ever any such curse. But its enduring popularity has made such questions irrelevant. To paraphrase Voltaire...
  • Blog Post: Open XML links for 04-19-2007

    A few interesting links I've come across recently ... Wouter Van Vugt: Office Open XML Workshop in Sweden Wouter's latest workshop was a hit, and he has graciously posted some great sample documents for developers who want to learn the basics of Open XML document generation. Wouter's next workshop...
  • Blog Post: May cooler heads prevail

    I've blogged a bit recently about the ugly tone of some of the tactics that have been used in the document-formats debate. Now today comes welcome news of a more reasonable and level-headed approach. Datuk Dr. Mohamad Ariffin Aton, the chief executive of Sirim Bhd, which assists Malaysia's Department...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Translator 1.0 available

    Version 1.0 of the Open XML translator project is now available on SourceForge. Here are links for the download and more information: Download the translator: http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter Official announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07...
  • Blog Post: ODF and Open XML

    The ODF to Open XML Translator Project recently released their August CTP. This is a collaborative project to build a set of tools that will allow organizations that have standardized on Microsoft Office to work with ODF (Open Document Format) documents as produced by Sun's StarOffice and the open-source...
  • Blog Post: ODF support? In Office?

    Well, not built-in, but today's announcement of the Open XML Translator , an open-source project to deliver an ODF add-in for Word 2007, means that you'll be able to easily create ODF documents from Word 2007 if your organization has standardized on ODF. And Excel/Powerpoint versions of the converter...
  • Blog Post: Living In The Past

    There have been some strange FUD-based arguments put forth around file formats lately. You'd think people would feel good about the openness that the industry has embraced: ODF is now ISO-ratified , and Open XML is moving rapidly through the Ecma standards process . The debate has shifted from "who has...
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