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Open Office Wars, Part 6

Brian Jones: New default XML formats in the next version of Office [via Dare Obasanjo]

Fresh on the heels of the OpenOffice standard announcement comes this welcome news.

Questions/comments:


The Channel9 video is actually very high signal. Highlights:

* Schemas are still changing (and it’s implied that they will be provided)

* The formats are actually zipped directories of XML files and other resources, like embedded pictures. So, you can open the zip and replace the picture.

* I think he said the documents were arbitrarily extensible

* You can put your own documents in the bundle, and they will be accessible through the MSOffice object model. For example, a ride-along document could contain workflow information.

Posted by Robert Sayre at

Microsoft Office to use XML by default

via [Sam Ruby]([link])

The really cool thing this would allow would be the ability to use standard diff tools (subversion, anyone?) on Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents. This will ma...

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If Office 2003 can be updated to support these new formats, can it also be updated to support the OASIS standard?

I can’t see any technical reason why not. The OOo data model and Word data model are extremely close in order to enable .doc compatibility in OOo.

Posted by Henri Sivonen at

Although the interviewer’s (Scoble’s?) enthusiasm does grate a bit at times. A picture in a zip file? “WHOA! COOL!”

Posted by James Kew at

I watched the video.  Apparently, it was Scoble.

Looks like XSD schema will be plentiful and early (possibly even prior to the first beta).  There was some indirect confirmation of the late next year target.  Other than that, I didn’t hear any direct answers to the questions I posed above.

Also, slashdot has some commentary on the Patent License that Microsoft has used in the past.  On a more positive note, apparently Eben Moglen took a look at that license, and said “I don’t think the alarm is justified”.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

Using a zip file (like OOo) with images as separate zip entries is cool compared to Base64 in XML. (Now if only the Atom publishing protocol was POSTing zips of XHTML and images instead of Base64…)

Posted by Henri Sivonen at

More of Office 2006 and XML

Sam Ruby asks, “Will these formats be extensible by third parties?” I too am curious as to whether or not they’re extensible and what third party developers can ship in their products based on these formats....... [more]

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More of Office 2006 and XML

Sam Ruby asks, “Will these formats be extensible by third parties?” I too am curious as to whether or not they’re extensible and what third party developers can ship in their products based on these formats.......

Excerpt from Randy Holloway Unfiltered at

Yeah, I was the interviewer. Sorry, it was Friday afternoon and I was a bit suprised by what I was seeing. Didn’t quite expect the Office team to do this.

At least you know I enjoy my work. ;-)

Posted by Robert Scoble at

Open Office Wars

Sam Ruby: Open Office Wars. Odsłona szósta. Nie mamy MS Office w domu....

Excerpt from Gorące papryczki at

Thought Experiment on Office (Open and MS) formats

Tim Bray goes through a thought experiment on why we need, or rather don’t need, two open formats for Office documents. I’ve debated this issue with Sam Ruby before (Open Office Wars Pt. 6), but that was prior to ECMA. Microsoft’s...

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