Office Word 2003 marks the introduction of XML as a native format for
Word documents. Any Word document can now be opened in Word and saved
as XML, thereby freeing documents from the tyranny of
This new format, called WordprocessingML, opens up a multitude of
possibilities for generating and processing Word documents. (Read
Chapter 3 first if you want some immediate
gratification regarding use cases for WordprocessingML.) This chapter
includes a basic introduction to WordprocessingML, along with some
general technical observations and guidelines for learning more. It
is meant to complement, rather than replace, a detailed investigation
of the WordprocessingML schema.
An authoritative and thorough source for learning is the Microsoft-supplied XSD schema for WordprocessingML. The “Microsoft Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas” package has been released under a royalty-free license and includes each of the WordprocessingML schema documents, as well as accompanying documentation. It can be found by starting at http://www.microsoft.com/office/xml/.
WordprocessingML is Microsoft’s XML format for Word
documents. It’s what
you get when you select Save As... and choose “XML
WordprocessingML is a lossless format,
which means that it contains all the information that Word needs to
re-open a document, just as if it had been saved in the traditional
.doc format—all ...