Tuesday, June 02, 2009

google docxs

Google Docs has added support for the DOCX and XLSX (YuckX!) formats that Office 2007 uses. I found out about the lack of support late last year and was waiting for this day. I like the new formats because you get smaller files, you deal with ZIP archives based on a rather well-documented format that uses XML and you also get to do cool things because of that. The last bit may not matter much to most people, but I think the new format makes it easier for people to write tools to do cool things with the files. WooX HooX!

2 comments:

Ramanand said...

As it turns out, just the day before your post, I renamed a .pptx file to .zip and burst it open. Hoping to do some 'cool' things to it!

I assume you've seen Apache's POI? I loved how they have a prefix of H or D for their package names, denoting Horrible & Dreadful respectively.

George said...

I'm waiting for POI 3.5 to get out of the beta cycle so that I can get some official support for OOXML; text-mining's stuck at Office 2003.

 
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