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Read-Write-Sign an XPS Document Sample

The XpsReadWriteSign sample shows how to read, write, and digitally sign an XML Paper Specification (XPS) document. When the program starts a "File" menu with "New..." and "Open..." options are displayed. Selecting "File | New..." opens a "New XPS Document" dialog allowing you to specify the name of the new XPS document that you wish to create and write; predefined content is provided and used to create the new XPS document. Selecting "File | Open..." displays an "Open" dialog allowing you to choose an existing XPS document to open (a sample XPS document, ViewFixedDocumentSequence.xps, is provided). Once an XPS document has been created or opened, the document is displayed in the DocumentViewer control hosted within the main application window. With an XPS document open, the "File | Signatures..." option is enabled allowing you to view existing signatures of individuals who have signed the document, and to add additional signatures of your own. To sign an XPS document, your system must have an X.509 certificate manager installed such as for use with a SmartCard (the program will display an error message and exit if a certificate manager is not installed and running).

This sample demonstrates a specific feature of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and, consequently, does not follow application development best practices. For comprehensive coverage of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft .NET Framework application development best practices, refer to the following as appropriate:

Accessibility - Accessibility Best Practices

Security - WPF Security

Localization - WPF Globalization and Localization Overview

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Building the Sample

  • Install the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) and open its build environment command window. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, Microsoft Windows SDK, and then click CMD Shell.

  • Download the sample, usually from the software development kit (SDK) documentation, to your hard disk drive.

  • To build the sample from the build environment command window, go to the source directory of the sample. At the command prompt, type MSBUILD.

  • To build the sample in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, load the sample solution or project file and then press CTRL+SHIFT+B.

Running the Sample

  • To run the compiled sample from the build environment command window, execute the .exe file in the Bin\Debug or Bin\Release folder contained under the sample source code folder.

  • To run the compiled sample with debugging in Visual Studio 2005, press F5.

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