Doug Mahugh - Office Interoperability

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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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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    Publication of ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML)

    It's official: ISO announced today the publication of the final text of ISO/IEC 29500, the Office Open XML specification. This includes all of the changes agreed to at the BRM, including the strict-vs-transitional structure and many others from the various national bodies involved. This has been a global process, with participation from dozens of countries and hundreds of individuals. The final text, reflecting all of those contributions, was prepared by project editor Rex Jaeschke and his BRM...
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    Links for 11-17-2008

    Zeyad Rajabi has started a series of very useful hands-on posts over on Brian Jones's blog about working with the Open XML SDK. Recent posts include a Document Assembly Solution for SpreadsheetML and Reading Data from SpreadsheetML . Alex Brown has two posts in the last week on the ongoing discussions between JTC1, SC34 and OASIS regarding maintenance of ODF: The Maintenance of ODF – an Aide-mémoire and ODF – OASIS and JTC 1 Get It Together . Eric White continues to blog on many Open XML dev...
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    ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC (OIC TC)

    I’ve had a few people ask recently whether Microsoft would be participating in the OIC TC, and I’m glad to report that as of today we’ve signed up. I’ll be representing Microsoft on this TC, and I’m looking forward to working with Bart Hanssens (TC chair), Dennis Hamilton (TC secretary), and the other TC members. As it says in the OIC TC charter , the group was formed to “help implementors create applications which conform the ODF standard and which are able to interoperate.” We’ve made adherence...
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    Miscellaneous links for Halloween

    Stephen McGibbon has screenshots of the Open XML and ODF support coming in Windows 7 Wordpad , as announced by Steve Sinofsky at PDC this week. Alex Brown has predicted that 2009 will be a boring year for document formats , while covering some of the details of the DII workshop last week. See Rick Jelliffe 's fake real-time blog of the event for some additional perspective on document archtetypes. The big news in WG4 is that Jesper Lund Stocholm will be participating in WG4 as a technical expert...
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    DII Workshop Recap

    The latest DII workshop took place in Redmond over the last two days. There were presentations at this event from a variety of people, including members of the Office product groups at Microsoft and developers and consultants from several other companies. Topics covered included planning an IS29500 document test library, server-side document assembly strategies, various approaches to document validation, use of content controls in e-courseware, and goals for future DII events. John Head already blogged...
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    Weeks of links for 10-20-2008

    I've fallen a few weeks behind on posting links to various articles and blog posts, so this post is a bit long. As you can see, the world of document format interoperability has been humming along irregardless of my inattention ... Monarch v10 released. Datawatch announced today the release of Version 10 of their flagship report mining and analysis tool, Monarch. They have continued to improve Monarch's ability to read and write XLSX files, and features of the latest release include all-new...
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    SC 34 Plenary, Jeju, Korea

    I've just attended my first SC 34 Plenary, and it was an interesting four days on Jeju island, off the coast of Korea. I'm very pleased with how much we accomplished. The short version is that maintenance of ISO/IEC 29500 has now officially begun; the long version is covered below. First off, just to clarify what went on this week: Working Group 1 (WG1) of SC 34 met on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. WG2 and WG3 also met during those days, although I wasn't involved because I was with WG1...
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    DII workshop, October 23-24 in Redmond

    Based on feedback from the DII workshop in Redmond this summer , we're making plans to host another event this fall. It will be a two-day event on October 23-24, covering Open XML implementation and interoperability, as well as other document format interoperability topics. We heard from some of the attendees of the July workshop that they'd like to see a similar event around Open XML interop, and that's why we're doing this event. It will be in Redmond again because that's the only way we can...
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    Open XML SDK, XMLSpy Standard Edition, and custom markup

    Where the heck did August go? A few links from the last month ... Open XML SDK V2. The first CTP of V2 of the Open XML SDK is now available for download. Eric White has all the details , including descriptions of the new features and before/after code examples showing how the strongly typed DOM can simplify Open XML development. This release also includes several handy tools to streamline Open XML development: The OpenXmlDiff utility identifies differences in the markup in two Open XML documents...
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