Microsoft's Office Interoperability team announced the public Beta release of the Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator (BFFValidator) tool now available on the Microsoft Download Center for free download.
"BFFValidator is a tool that will validate whether a .doc, .ppt, or .xls binary file format (bff) file is conformant with the Microsoft Office File Format Open Specifications," Microsoft stated.
"BFFValidator runs as a command line without a dependency on the Office product. BFFValidator is targeted towards binary file format developers and generates prescriptive failure information when a given file does not conform to the Open Specifications."
The tool will generate an XML log file that will correlate the issue with a specific section of documentation, the stream offset where the failure occurred, and other pertinent debug information," the software company added .
To learn more, please check out the BFFValidator reference file on the dowload page and stay tuned for a "How to guide" to be published on MSDN.
Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta validates implementations of the following binary file formats:
- .doc files for Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Word 2000, and Microsoft Office Word 2003. These file formats are also understood by Microsoft Office Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010.
- .xls files for Microsoft Excel 97, Microsoft Excel 2000, and Microsoft Office Excel 2003. These file formats are also understood by Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Microsoft Excel 2010.
- .ppt files for Microsoft PowerPoint 97, Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003. These file formats are also understood by Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
Download Office Binary File Format Validator Beta here.