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10. Word 2003 XML Hacks > 93. Use IE to Inspect WordprocessingML Documents

Use IE to Inspect WordprocessingML Documents

Internet Explorer is a great tool for reading WordprocessingML files, but without a little hacking, it’s hard to keep Word’s hands off those files.

Internet Explorer’s default tree-view stylesheet for XML documents provides a handy, readable way to investigate the structure of WordprocessingML documents, as shown in Figure 10-7. However, if you try opening a WordprocessingML document in Internet Explorer (i.e., right-click the file and select Open WithInternet Explorer), IE turns right around and launches Word. Why? IE recognizes WordprocessingML files as Word documents because of the single-line processing instruction [Hack #91] :

A WordprocessingML file viewed in Internet Explorer
Figure 10-7. A WordprocessingML file viewed in Internet Explorer

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