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  • Blog Post: 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 ... ...
  • Blog Post: Open XML numbering options

    What kind of numbering options do people need in word-processing documents? That's a pretty open-ended question, and the answer depends on what you mean by "people." If you're just talking about people in the United States or other Western countries, there's a short list of options that will usually...
  • Blog Post: Bi-Directional text in Open XML

    If you need to generate documents in Arabic or Hebrew, or other less common RTL (right-to-left) scripts such as Syriac or Urdu, you'll find some very useful information in a new article on OpenXmlDeveloper: "Bi-directional Text in WordprocessingML" by Godha G. N. Godha's article covers the basics...
  • Blog Post: Learning about content controls

    Tristan Davis has a great post over on the Word team blog about working with content controls and binding them to custom XML data parts. It's a clear and straightforward explanation of this powerful concept, so if you've wondered what terms like "content controls" (or structured document tags ) and ...
  • Blog Post: Backgrounds in WordprocessingML

    Part 3 (Primer) and Part 4 (Markup Language Reference) of the Ecma Office Open XML spec have many XML markup examples that demonstrate various concepts. Pasting those samples into a minimal test document is a good way to learn about how Open XML works. When I first tried to do this for the document...
  • Blog Post: Rsids explained

    There's an interesting post on Brian Jones's blog today about how rsids work in Open XML documents . The use of rsids provides a simple and flexible mechanism for merging changes two users make to the same document, and if you've looked inside many Open XML documents you've seen rsdis all over the...
  • Blog Post: Images in Open XML documents

    Images are one of the basic elements of a document, and the use of images in documents continues to grow. Just a few years ago, it was relatively uncommon to have an image in a word-processing document, and downright rare to see one in a spreadsheet. Now images are commonplace in all types of documents...
  • Blog Post: Xlinq and WordprocessingML

    Last month I attended a meeting where Eric White described a really cool way he has been using the new Xlinq technology to iterate through sections of a WordprocessingML document and extract code snippets to be compiled and run for test cases. Xlinq provides the ability to do SQL-style queries on the...
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