Open XML SDK 2.0 Design Considerations

Last modified: February 15, 2010

Applies to: Excel 2010 | Office 2010 | PowerPoint 2010 | Word 2010

Before using the Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office, be aware of the following design considerations.

The Open XML SDK 2.0:

  • Does not replace the Microsoft Office Object Model and provides no abstraction on top of the file formats. You must still understand the structure of the file formats to use the Open XML SDK 2.0.

  • Does not provide functionality to convert Open XML formats to and from other formats, such as HTML or XPS.

  • Does not guarantee document validity of Open XML Formats when you use the Open XML SDK 2.0 or if you decide to manipulate the underlying XML directly.

  • Does not provide application behavior such as layout functionality in Word or recalculation, data refresh, or adjustment functionalities in Excel.