Appendix A. The XML You Need for Office

A knowledge of XML is essential if you want to build applications around the Office XML capabilities rather than just using other people's templates. If you're already acquainted with XML, you don't need to read this appendix. If you're not, you should read on.

The general overview of XML given in this appendix should be sufficient to enable you to work with XML documents. For a much more solid grounding in the many details of XML, you should consider these books:

  • Erik T. Ray, Learning XML (O'Reilly)

  • Elliotte Rusty Harold and W. Scott Means, XML in a Nutshell (O'Reilly)

  • Elizabeth Castro, XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press)

You may also be interested in the "Annotated XML Specification," written by Tim Bray and published online at, which an provides illuminating explanation of the XML 1.0 specification. You may also look to "What is XML?" by Norm Walsh, also published on

Office 2003 XML
Office 2003 XML
ISBN: 0596005385
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 135

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