Windows WordPad Standards Support

This documentation provides detailed support information for certain standards that are implemented in Windows WordPad.

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This documentation is intended for use in conjunction with publicly available standard specifications, computer language design, and implementation art. It assumes that the reader either is familiar with this material or has access to it.

The documentation provides the following levels of audience support:

  • For implementers: Information regarding the implementation by Microsoft of certain standards for Windows WordPad to facilitate interoperability between those implementations and other relevant implementations of a given standard.

  • For reviewers: A resource for readers who want to evaluate or increase their understanding of how Microsoft is approaching its implementation of these standards in Windows WordPad.

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[MS-WPE376]: WordPad ECMA 376 Standards Support

Specifies information regarding the WordPad implementation of ECMA 376 (Office Open XML).

Click here to view this version of the [MS-WPE376] PDF.

[MS-WPODF]: WordPad ODF 1.1 Standards Support

Specifies information regarding the WordPad implementation of ODF 1.1.

Click here to view this version of the [MS-WPODF] PDF.

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