This book is written for developers who want to be able to combine Office with other sources of information and information processing. For example, you may be a systems integrator trying connect Office to other workflow processing, you may be a power-user who wants to analyze XML data sets in Excel or Access, or you may be an archivist who needs to extract crucial information from existing Office documents. There are many more possibilities out there, of course.
This book is written for developers who already have an understanding of how to use the various programs in the Microsoft Office suite. Some basic instruction in XML, XSLT, and schema-related technologies is provided in the appendixes, but for the most part this book assumes that you come with an understanding of XML and related technologies.