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XML expansion packs and manifests
Previous versions of Microsoft Office allowed developers to create custom applications that work within the Office environment. XML in Office 2003 improves Office custom applications, for two major reasons:
Office can process more than its traditional binary
.xls files. These days, almost any data is available as XML, which means it can be edited by Office. Complex applications can be built to perform completely customized tasks, but still provide the familiar features of the Office environment.
XML allows the elements of a document to be identified unambiguously. Applications can therefore ...