Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated? (And some workarounds)

Posted by jezuch on Feb 23, 2008 4:35 PM EDT
Joel on Software; By Joel Spolsky
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With a little bit of digging, I’ll show you how those file formats got so unbelievably complicated, why it doesn’t reflect bad programming on Microsoft’s part, and what you can do to work around it.

[I kinda like their approach to this, as a software engineer, but it sure looks like some desperate ad-hockery -J.]

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