John R. Durant's WebLog

Blog of "The" Office Developer

May, 2004

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About John R. Durant's WebLog

This blog is the main "pulpit" for Microsoft's Office Developer technologies-- although the opinions and views expressed are the author's own. John frequently writes about technical details, tools, and features that developers care about when building productivity solutions. He also adds the very popular "Rock Thought of the Day" to each post.

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    MyTechEd.Day3.Title="WordProcessingML"

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    Yesterday was so busy, I failed to get the time to put up a blog entry. Anyway, here's what happened. I spent some time in the Cabana area networking with some attendees. It's interesting how frequently the people at TechEd express such delight about...
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    MyTechEd.Day2.Title="SmartTags"

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    My second day at TechEd was energizing. I met with a lot of people at the booth, and the Information Bridge Framework (IBF) involvement in the keynote really boosted interest. It has also generated more interest in smart tags . Smart tags is one of...
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    MyTechEd.Day1.Title="The Gang's all here"

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    Coming to these shows is especially satisfying because it is like a family reunion. My old posse is here, and we pick up where we left off since the last show (except we all look a little older each time). Greetings to my friends Chris Kunicki, Charles...
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    FrontPage code snippets and Bilngual Translation Service

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    Just today, we pushed a couple of new items live on MSDN. The first ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_fp2003_ta/html/odc_fpCustomizingSnippets.asp ) is a pretty useful technique for creating code snippet files in...
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    XMLNamespaces and Word 2003

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    The schema library in Word 2003 is where so much is happening for developers. While some end-users will venture into the schema library, most should not care what is in there. A well-architected Word XML solution should keep the inner-workings tidy and...
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    SharePoint and GetUserCollectionFromSite

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    So, I'm messing around with the Windows SharePoint Services Web services it exposes. They are legion, and they are very, very cool. One of the Web methods I needed to call for an app I am writing gets the users that have been given perms for a Document...
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    WordML and FAQ resources

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    On the internal DLs and NGs, I am finding that some people are wondering where to get good info and tools for working with WordML. Here is a list of some resources. Please post feedback for things you think I should mention (only WordML resources, please...
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    SharePoint sites and SharePointTracking

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    So, today I was trying to figure out how to alter or control the list of Workspaces that appear in my Shared Workspaces task pane in Word/Excel/PowerPoint. I figured the registry would be a good place to check, and I wasn't wrong. Fortunately, the information...
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    Smart Tag List alii

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    Smart tag list files are one of the cleverest things to show up in Office, and I wish more developers would use them. What I love is that despite that smart tags do not work exactly how I want them to (I think using \\\ the triple-backslash to add cascading...
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