As promised last month, the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge, and the development roadmap has been published. Read my earlier post for more background on this: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2008/01/16/mapping-documents-in-the-binary-format-doc-xls-ppt-to-the-open-xml-format.aspx.
Office Binary (doc, xls, ppt) Translator to Open XML: The “Office Binary (doc, xls, ppt) Translator to Open XML” project is now live on sourceforge: http://b2xtranslator.sourceforge.net/
As you may remember, this was a request from a number of national bodies, and while Ecma TC45 believed it was outside of the scope of DIS 29500, they did talk with Microsoft and come to this agreement:
Nonetheless, Ecma International discussed this subject with Microsoft Corporation, the author of the Binary Formats. To make it even easier for third party conversion of Binary Format-to-DIS 29500, Microsoft agreed to:
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