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Displaying Open XML documents in Silverlight with TextGlow

By James Newton-King

The Office Open XML file format has opened up a new range of possibilities to working with documents. The Microsoft Office 2007 suite of products replaces the old binary formats and produces documents in a parser friendly XML format by default instead.

TextGlow ( is a Silverlight 2.0 application that leverages the new Office Open XML file format to display Word documents directly in the browser. This article will look at how to use the built-in features of Silverlight 2.0 to read content from an Open XML package, parse XML using LINQ to XML and display the document contents using Silverlight.


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