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OpenXPS Support in Windows Developer Preview

OpenXPS Support in Windows Developer Preview whitepaper provides information about support for the OpenXPS document format for Windows operating systems. It provides guidelines for application and print driver developers to help them make the most effective use of this new feature.

It assumes that the reader is familiar with the XPS document format.

This information applies for the following operating systems:

  • Windows Developer Preview
  • Windows Server Developer Preview

Windows 8“OpenXPS is the XML Paper Specification document format based on the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) standard specification. This specification, “ECMA 388 – Open XML Paper Specification,” was published in June 2009,” Microsoft reveals.

At the core, “XPS and OpenXPS share the same goal, to rival the PDF ISO standard, and offer an alternative to formatting digital content in a manner that replicates analog paper, simplifying tasks such as printing.”

“As an international standard, OpenXPS has several ecosystem advantages, compared to Microsoft XPS. First, there are a number of government agencies that require standardized document formats for internal use, and that requirement has been a barrier to the adoption of MSXPS in some cases. OpenXPS removes this barrier to adoption,” the software company said.

“Additionally, Microsoft has received feedback from hardware and software developers requesting a process that prevents frequent revisions and changes to the MSXPS format to prevent the frequent rewriting of their applications and drivers to match the arbitrary changes. OpenXPS is an international standard with a formalized change processes and a wide publication of revisions.”

Users should not hurry up and say goodbye for good to XPS, since the original XML Paper Specification continues to be supported in Windows 8. “Microsoft supports OpenXPS side-by-side with existing Microsoft XPS in Windows Developer Preview, including API, driver, and viewer support,” the Redmond company said.

You can download the OpenXPS Support in Windows Developer Preview WhitePaper here.

The read-only copy of the whitepaper is embedded below:

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