ArgumentOutOfRange with WordProcessingDocument.Open

December 31, 2012

There is apparently a bug in the Open XML SDK 2.0 when trying to work with a document that contains a Ribbon extension using the namespace for Office 2010 <customUI xmlns=”“> If the document contains a customUI12 part, you get the error ArgumentOutOfRangeException when using WordProcessingDocument.Open. The problem appears to be fixed in Open XML […]

Release: Office 2013 idMso & imageMso documentation

December 27, 2012

The following information was supplied by MSFT Nathan O. last week in the Office MSDN forums: “I know the documentation for Office 2013 is still somewhat limited, but hopefully the following link will help. Microsoft Office Document: [MS-CustomUI2] Supporting Documentation – From here, you should be able to download the *.txt files for Word, […]

Release of the ECMA-376 Standard 4th edition

December 26, 2012

While trying to find the namespace for an Office 2013 Ribbon I checked the ECMA pages today and discovered that the 4th edition of the ECMA-376 standard has been released this month. It can be downloaded in four parts at Not yet updated are the special Office Implementation Extension standards for things like the Ribbon […]

MSDN Library Views – Why do away with Classic?

December 24, 2012

Since a few days ago, we’re being informed that MSDN is going to discontinue the “classic view” and support only the “lightweight view” for its library. This promises to be a disaster, and you have to wonder what kind of data the Powers That Be are looking at to make this kind of decision. If you […]

PowerPoint 2013: Change in default save type

December 21, 2012

Mostly, I work with Word and that’s what this blog is usually about. But I do program inter-Office with Excel, PowerPoint and Access, when the need arises. Of those, PowerPoint is my least favorite – I find the object model impenetrable and always have to ask questions of my colleagues in the PowerPoint forum… One […]

Why the silence…

December 20, 2012

It’s been over a month since I last wrote an article. Obviously, I’ve been busy… Among other things, we’ve signed a contract for a fourth edition of “Word Programmierung, Das Handbuch” with Microsoft Press, Germany. Word developer books don’t have it easy on the software book market and the German-speaking market is comparatively limited in scope. […]