Office 2003 XML
Integrating Office with the Rest of the World
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: May 2004
Pages: 590

In Microsoft's Office 2003, users experience the merger of the power of the classic Office suite of applications with the fluidity of data exchange inherent in XML. With XML at its heart, the new version of Microsoft's desktop suite liberates the information stored in millions of documents created with Office software over the past fifteen years, making it available to a wide variety of programs.

Office 2003 XML offers an in-depth exploration of the relationship between XML and Office 2003, examining how the various products in the Office suite both produce and consume XML. Developers will learn how they can connect Microsoft Office to others systems, while power users will learn to create and analyze XML documents using familiar Office tools.

The book begins with an overview of the XML features included in the various Office 2003 components, and explores in detail how Word, Excel, and Access interact with XML. This book covers both the user interface side, creating interfaces so that users can comfortably (and even unknowingly) work with XML, and the back end, exposing Office information to other processes. It also looks at Microsoft's new InfoPath application and how it fits with the rest of Office. Finally, the book's appendices introduce various XML technologies that may be useful in working with Office, including XSLT, W3C XML Schema, RELAX NG, and SOAP. Office 2003 XML provides quick and clear guidance to a anyone who needs to import or export information from Office documents into other systems. Both XML programmers and Office power will learn how to get the most from this powerful new intersection between Office 2003 and XML.

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Excellent Book

By artemoff

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I've read the Addison Wesley book on Microsoft's new Office XML standards and this book is much much better. The book covers four applications; Word, Excel, Access and Infopath. (http://settledebto.info) It covers both the storage XML format for Word and Excel, as well as the use of XML within Word and Excel itself from the end-user side. The coverage of the storage format is excellent, and that, being a developer, is something I can appreciate.

 
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Just what I needed

By Gary Reed

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I found this book to be well-written. It contains information I had a very difficult time getting on the web in general and specifically on Microsoft's site. It provided exactly what I needed for using schemas with Word. I didn't explore the other areas of Office but as far as Word goes, this book is more than adequate.

The appendixes are very helpful.

Gary Reed

 
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Great Topic, Good Material, Terrible Execution

By Anonymous

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This is the best book I have found on the topic of SmartDocuments. Which is sad to say. I'm amazed at how many errors I have found in this book. But the most appalling thing is hard coded path strings in the sample code. Give me a break! The darn initialize interface gives you the solution path.

My advice, get the book for reference to a very under published topic. But be aware that their are a significant number of mistakes and the samples code is fundamentally flawed.

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