Microsoft Corp.announced the addition of the XML schema used by Microsoft Office Visio 2003, DataDiagramML, to the Microsoft Open and Royalty-Free Office 2003 XML reference schema program announced in November 2003. Through the Microsoft documentation and a royalty-free license, customers and partners can take advantage of the XML schema in its diagramming and data visualization tool. The availability of the Visio schema provides a complete and W3C-compliant description of the Visio XML file format, enabling organizations to access information captured in their Visio diagrams and use it with other XML-enabled applications, such as CRM and ERP systems, as part of their business processes. Customers and partners interested in obtaining documentation on the DataDiagramML schema can download it, as part Microsoft’s royalty-free licensing program, from the Microsoft Office Developer Center on MSDN. www.microsoft.com

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