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Microsoft Office Binary Documentation and Translator Project Site Are Now Live

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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