Archive for January, 2014

As more and more developers migrate to Visual Studio 2012 and/or Visual Studio 2013, we’re seeing requests in the Open XML SDK forum for a version of the Open XML Package Editor that works with these new versions of Visual Studio.

(The Open XML Package Editor lets you view the structures and XML content in an Office Open XML zip package and edit it, something the Open XML SDK Productivity Tool does not support.)

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Microsoft has not updated the tool – originally written for Visual Studio 2010 – nor released a new version. Luckily for all of us, a resourceful colleage of mine who attended my seminar in LucerneDr. Eckehard Pfeifer – did some research that he said I might share :-) Read the rest of this entry »

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A few days late for my seminar, but it’s finally here! Despite Microsoft Press’s break with O’Reilly, leaving authors in the German market in limbo, the 4th edition of the Word Programmierung Handbuch has been printed, bound and is being distributed this week.

Many thanks to the publisher for managing to accomodate all the new material without needing to throw out as much of the existing as we feared would be necessary. Instead of just over 1000 pages, the 4th edition has 1145, more than 250 completely new! Read the rest of this entry »

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I just spent a couple of interesting days at the Office Trainertage (training for Office trainers) in Lucerne, Switzerland, hosted by Kuhn Informatik AG. I’d heard about this event, but never had the opportunity to experience it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Long-time Word users, especially those who work on professional documentation in multilingual environments, know that you have to be very careful that the language default in Word matches the default language setting in Windows. If it doesn’t, the Windows language will override the Word language as direct formatting in the document. Documents created in such an environment are difficult to get under control – it’s almost impossible to clean out the imposed Windows language without delving into the Open XML file format. Read the rest of this entry »

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There was a discussion in the Open XML SDK forum today that I found interesting. Certain namespaces for Office 2010 weren’t being recognized with a reference to the Open XML SDK version 2.0, even though they should have been. The references were being picked up just fine with a reference to the newer Open XML SDK 2.5, however.

When I tested I had no problems using the namespaces. Luckily, I thought to include the version number of the Open XML SDK runtime in my reply. Turns out that Microsoft replaced the original download with a newer version without any public notification, either about the fact that it was being done or mention about problems with the older version. When the OP downloaded the newer version, the problem disappeared!

So if you need to use the older version of the Open XML SDK and are having problems with any namespaces that belong to DocumentFormat.OpenXml.Office2010.Word.DrawingShape, try uninstalling, downloading a newer version and re-installing. You need a version that starts with v2.0.5###; the problem was ocurring in v2.0.4###.

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