In the previous chapter, you saw how to use the XML class in Flash. You can use this class to load external XML documents into Flash, to modify or generate new XML content, and to send XML from Flash to another application. If you want to include an external XML document in Flash, youll need to generate the content somehow.
Earlier in the book, I showed you how to generate XML documents from XML editors, from server-side files, and even from Microsoft Office 2003 on a PC. In this chapter, Ill look more closely at how you can work with XML documents in Word 2003. By the end of this chapter, youll have created a Latest News XML-driven application that you can update using Word 2003. Ill cover Excel and Access 2003 in the next two chapters.
Youll need a PC with a copy of Microsoft Office 2003 Professional or Enterprise edition before you can work through the examples. You wont be able to use a trial copy of the software, and unfortunately for Macintosh users, Office 2004 doesnt offer the same XML functionality. There is limited XML support in Excel 2004, but you wont be able to use it for the examples in the next chapter. If youre a Macintosh user , you might want to see if you can borrow a PC to work through the examples here.
The Microsoft website offers comprehensive support for Office 2003 and XML in the XML in Office Development section. You can visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/xmloffice/default.aspx to learn more.