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Part: I Office Development: Using Micros... > What's New for Developers in Office ...

Chapter 1. What's New for Developers in Office 2003

Each release of Microsoft Office has introduced new features and new ways of working. User-level enhancements are the norm for each release. For developers, this is typically mirrored with new programmable objects, methods, and properties that complement the new user features. Microsoft Office 2003 continues in this tradition, and new programmable objects are appropriately covered within the product-specific chapters of the book.

Office 2003 embraces the robust set of XML (Extensible Markup Language) standards as the basis for many of the new features. This is an interesting fact because XML is not proprietary: XML-centric features are based on open standards. The result of working with XML is pure available open data. For example, in previous versions a Word document could be opened with Word or with a robust product that could interpret the proprietary Word document format. Now with Word 2003, documents can be saved in an XML format. So, Word documents can remain proprietary or be saved in one of two XML formats. One is the “plain vanilla” XML data format—without formatting information. The other is a new XML-based format called WordML. WordML allows saving the information and the formatting from a Word document—all as XML data.


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