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Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004

XML reference schemas for documents and templates.

Note   Microsoft Office InfoPath™ 2003 is available only in Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003.

Research task pane

Smart tags

Primary interop assemblies (PIAs)

Support for Web services

Note   Support for use with Microsoft Visual Studio® Tools for the Microsoft Office System or Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework is available only with Office Professional Edition 2003.

Microsoft Office 2003 Editions are highly extensible. They offer efficient and effective development techniques and allow you to build solutions to address today’s challenges around people, business processes and information. Building custom solutions to solve some of these challenges can provide a host of benefits, not only to users and developers, but to entire organizations and beyond.

Development Technologies

XML at the Desktop

XML is a public and widely accepted standard that enables exchange of information between disparate systems. XML provides a flexible meta-language for creating text-based tags and relationships that you can use to define and distinguish document structure or presentation and content. This separation of content from presentation allows you to manipulate document content more easily in a meaningful way. But even though many businesses rely on XML for data exchange and transaction processing, and even though the necessary servers and architecture are in place on the Internet and at the enterprise level, XML is not fully exploited in solutions involving user interaction. Previously, it was difficult to separate document data from structure and formatting information. The enhanced XML support in many of the productivity applications in the Office 2003 Editions makes this much easier, thereby enabling rich solutions that bring the power of XML to the desktop.

You can use XML support in Office Professional Edition 2003 in two significant ways. First, Microsoft defined W3C-compliant XML schemas (XSDs) to represent the structure of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and InfoPath form templates. These fully documented and published schemas enable you to understand and manipulate documents using any software that can process industry standard XML, without using programs in Office 2003 Editions. The second XML feature area is the support for custom-defined XML schema. This feature allows you to define any schema that represents your business information and use that schema and the associated data within Office Professional Edition 2003. Each of these capabilities is discussed in detail in subsequent sections.

Suggested Next Steps

Read more about the importance of XML with Office 2003 Editions and a few scenarios: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/xmloffice/gettingstarted/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/odc_ofofficesysxmlinaction.asp.

View technical articles about XML in Office 2003 Editions on the MSDN® Office Developer Center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/xmloffice/articles/default.aspx.

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To comment on this paper or request more documentation on these developer features, contact us at O12Devdx@microsoft.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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