Chapter 24. Office Open XML Essentials

In this chapter, you will:

  • Explore how an Office Open XML Format document is structured under the hood

  • Learn how to read Office Open XML

  • Discover how to create a Word document from scratch (without using Word)

  • Learn how to edit Office Open XML markup

  • Identify ways to use Office Open XML to save time and create customized content

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