The Channel9 interview with Chris Bryant mentioned Silverlightâwhich is in the ballparkâbut there were creative promises about what is to me a very, very basic âsever scenarioâ about transforming Open XML into some other XML format. Since the Office Team seems to be allergic to XHTML, at least there can be a discussion about some other Microsoft XML formatâlike the markup of a
For several sentences, Chris Bryant discussed an Open XML SDK wiki scenario without mentioning once how data will be entered into the wiki and resting in the final destination of the Word document. When you say âwikiâ this means you are on the Web using HTML, right? How is that wiki markup going to end up as Open XML markup? Any promises, guys?
As of today, Iâm literally at a dead end in the Open XML Class Library Reference: Iâm looking at the WordprocessingDocument.MainDocumentPart and am seeing nothingâŠ Is there the equivalent of the XpsDocumentWriter.Write method in the Open XML SDK? It would be very cruel and strange to hear Microsoft officials say, âHey you are on your own: write your XSL file and shut up.â How is someone in the WPF/Silverlight world going to take this when they are looking to interoperate with âopenâ Microsoft Office documents?
When the day comes that Microsoft sanctions and supports the transformation of subsets of Open XML into other XML formats, the PDF file format will be seriously/technologically threatened. So far, Microsoft is selling some tricycle stuff like, âYou can query a word document and pull out a naked string or a fragment of âcustomâ XML.â Today, as far I know, you cannot extract fragments of XHTML or WPF markup based on Open XML markup without writing your own XSL transformation. To force customers to write their own XSL transformation for an XML format based on a 6000-page spec is cruel and unusual corporate punishment.