Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
More Info For more information on SharePoint Team Services and
the impact the services can have on the way business teams
collaborate, see Chapter 3, “Collaborating Using SharePoint Team Services
and SharePoint Portal Server.”
Extending Data Functionality with XML
XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a new language standard that enables
businesses, individuals, and developers to create documents in which data is
stored independently of the form in which it is presented. This means, for
example, that the data in an XML document is stored as one set of information,
and the format of the data (how it appears) is stored separately. Because the
data is self-describing, it can be used in other types of documents (reports,
letters, databases, spreadsheets, and Web pages, for example) without having to
be retyped or laboriously copied, reformatted, or applied as needed in another
Although XML support was a limited feature in Office XP, it is fully supported
in Office 2003 through Word, Excel, and Access, with features and help that
enable users to take advantage of XML using existing or customized schemas.
More Info For a closer look at XML and its possible applications
throughout Office, see Chapter 5, “Support for XML,” and Chapter 8,
“Microsoft Office 2003 Productivity Enhancements,” which go into
specific XML features in Word, Excel, and Access.
Making Your Documents Smarter with Smart Documents, InfoPath,
and Enhanced Smart Tags
What would you call a document that can arrive via e-mail or Web download,
do its own security checks upon being opened, and offer users or readers
contextual help in the task pane while they review or modify it? Office 2003 smart
documents are built on XML schemas that allow developers to create
customized documents with contextual help, context-sensitive prompts, content
suggestions, data lists, or links to additional resources. Smart documents are
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