Why Are the Microsoft Office File Formats So Complicated? (And Some Workarounds)

Abstract

Last week, Microsoft published the binary file formats for Office. These formats appear to be almost completely insane. The Excel 97–2003 file format is a 349-page PDF file. But wait, that’s not all there is to it! This document includes the following interesting comment: Each Excel workbook is stored in a compound file.

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© Joel Spolsky 2008

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