Malek's Moorish Tales

Meanderings about life and technology

Quelques infos sur Office System 2003

Etant très fatigué par la formation que je donne sur Office System, je vais juste donner un petit exemple sur les nouvelles fonctionnalités des balises actives sur Office 2003. l'exemple suivant est un fichier XML de liste, utilisable à travers le moteur MOSTL d'office, et permet de créer une balise active qui reconnait mon nom. Il suffit de le placer dans le répertoire c:\Program Files\ Fichiers Communs\ Microsoft Shared\Smart Tag\LISTS\1033\ et d'exécuter l'utilitaire c:\Program Files\ Fichiers Communs\ Microsoft Shared\Smart Tag\SmartTagInstall.exe pour qu'il devienne actif. cette balise ne fait que renvoyer vers ce Web Log ...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<!-- _lcid="1033" _version="11.0.4617" -->
<!-- _LocalBinding -->
<FL:smarttaglist xmlns:FL="">
        <!-- _locID_text="name" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" -->Malek test lists</FL:name>
        <!-- _locID_text="lcid" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" -->1033,0</FL:lcid>
        <!-- _locID_text="description" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" -->Ensemble de listes de test</FL:description>
        <!-- _locID_text="url" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" --></FL:moreinfourl>
        <!-- _locID_text="updateurl" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" --></FL:updateurl>
    <FL:smarttag type="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags#malektest">
            <!-- _locID_text="recognizercaption" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" -->Mot de test</FL:caption>
                <FL:prop RecognizedByMOSTLList="True" />
            <FL:action id="My Blog">
                    <!-- _locID_text="My WebLog" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" -->Navigate to my WebLog</FL:caption>
                <FL:url><!-- _locID_text="actionurl1" _locComment="{StringCategory=TXT}" --></FL:url>


Disconnected for a week

I just got back from Tunis, Tunisia. For one week, I had no connectivity, my AC adapter for my laptop broke down, and Tunis went through some innondations ...

I was doing a training on Office System for a mixed audience of developpers and ITPro, which I will do 3 more times non-stop, in Casablanca, Morocco and Algiers, Algeria. The course covering XML features, SharePoint integration, smart Tags and smart Docs, research, ...etc.

I will have some rest today, and tomorrow I will post some insight into the new Office development techniques (as well as the code I promised last week).


Départ pour Tunis

Demain, je pars pour Tunis (pour donner une formation de 5 jours sur Office System 2003).

Aujourd'hui, j'ai eu à travailler un peu sur InfoPath (il est génial pour créer des formulaires qui exploitent des Web Services), et sur CMS pour créer un Placeholder qui permet aux auteurs d'appliquer facilement un style (classe css) à une partie de leurs contenus. Je posterais le code Lundi.

Ce matin, j'ai fait le voyage entre Casablanca et Rabat (80 km) le plus long de ma vie (3 heures). Le train s'est arrêté juste avant Mohammedia, et la galère a commencée. À chaque fois on annonce "nous nous exécusons pour le retard, et nous reprendrons le voyage dans quelque instants", mais les quelques instants ont duré environ 2 heures ... sans explications ...


leaving for Tunis ...

Tomorrow morning, I am leaving for Tunis where I give an Office System 2003 Training for 5 days.

Today, I hade to do some interesting work on InfoPath and on CMS. InfoPath is really a great baby for creating Forms using Web Services ... on CMS, I had to work on a placeholder that makes it easy for the content authors to apply Css classes (without knowing it) to their content. The main idea is to apply on of a few predefined tags, and let the css take care of it (in my case choosing one of a multitude of bulleted lists with flashy icons).

I will be posting that code on monday ( iam just too tired to comment it right now).

Proud to be a Moor

Without going into political or historical polemic, I just am proud of the scientific and artistic production of the Moorish Andalusian civilisation. It was one where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in peace and harmony for centuries, and it has produced some of the most beautiful works of arts ever made.

It suffices to go to the Alcazar Reales in Sevilla, or to the Mosk-Cathedral in Cordoba, or even better, to the Alhambra in Granada to be conviced ...

If I claim such heritage, it is because I have no other understanding of the history of my people and country except being the civilisation that started with the "Berbers", and the glory of Hannibal, Jugurtha and Juba. Even then and way before, our land was a meeting place for civilisations and a melting pot for cultures likethose of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Way later, whith the arrival of the Arabs, it was still the people of our land, the berbers that made the western islamic civilisation that took over Andalussia (now southern Spain) and made it one of the most flourishing civilisations in the world ...

So that is the begining of mty tales, which will be an expression of the views of a guy proud to be a Moor ...