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Open XML Package Editor for Visual Studio updated and open-sourced

Back in 2010, we released the Open XML Package Editor for Visual Studio, a plugin which allowed...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 06/02/2014

ODF 1.2 enters the ISO standardization process

On March 26th, OASIS announced to the ODF TC that they had officially submitted ODF 1.2 to ISO/IEC...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 04/15/2014

Creating a simple XLSX from scratch using the Open XML SDK

Recently I've been scouting around Stack Overflow looking for Open XML-related questions - it's...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 08/18/2011

New interoperability testing library for ISO/IEC 29500 documents

One thing implementers of Open XML often get in touch with me about is test documents....

Author: Chris Rae Date: 07/12/2011

Trip report: WG4 Prague

Just back from another WG4 meeting, so I thought I’d write up a few thoughts. My trip was slightly...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 04/06/2011

My first dabblings in open source

When I started this job, I had a hunch that I'd be living a little more in the open source world,...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 12/26/2010

Using VBA to turn numbering into normal text in Word documents

As you probably know by now, I spend a lot of my time writing up proposed edits to the file format...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 10/08/2010

Where is the documentation for Office's docx/xlsx/pptx formats? Part 2: Office 2010

This follows up on my post earlier this week about where the documentation for Office 2007's formats...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 10/06/2010

Where is the documentation for Office's docx/xlsx/pptx formats? Part 1: Office 2007

Since we started using XML-based file formats, we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 09/25/2010

Trip report: WG4 Tokyo

WG4 met last week in a rather humid Tokyo – I’m just back now after some travel...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 09/16/2010

Trip report: WG4 Helsinki

WG4, the group tasked with maintaining IS 29500, met last week in Helsinki. This was my third WG4...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 06/21/2010

Enumerating edits on large documents (AKA converting tracked changes to conventional formatting)

It may not surprise you to know that I get a free copy of Word and, in my new job in the standards...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 05/27/2010

You do what?!

It seems wrong not to start a new blog with some sort of introduction, so here it is. My name is...

Author: Chris Rae Date: 05/26/2010