Definition of MS Word document properties (or any other Office Product).

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Hi, I'd like to know if anyone has an "official" set of definitions for the document properties within an MS Word (or other MS Office) document?

I'd like to understand what Microsoft means by the date for say ..."Content created", etc. I need to understand what "content" means, how does the document know that all the content has been created, so it can time stamp it, etc.

I'd like official definitions for ALL of the properties specifically the dates.

I'm sure MS has them listed somewhere, but I can't find a good set of definitions that aren't guesses or assumptions.

If possible, I'd also like to know which date takes president over another. In other words, which date should be time stamped before another date.

As mentioned above, I need an official set of definitions or definitions based on a forensic study, not simply a guess of what it should mean.

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Here are the properties included in a Word  2010 document:Properties

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Paul, I'm not looking for the names of the properties within the documents...I know what those are. I'm looking for "an "official" set of definitions for the document properties."

In other words, just like in a dictionary...what is the meaning of the "Content created" property. I want to know forensically, what they mean, and how Microsoft determines them.

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I will not say that I have the definition of all meta-data attributes for Word, but thought still to share some possibly relevant one for interest if any.

For DOC, see Microsoft Office Word 97-2007 Binary File Format (.doc) Specification
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/B/E/0BE8BDD7-E5E8-422A-ABFD-4342ED7AD886/Word97-2007BinaryFileFormat(doc)Specification.pdf

For DOCX, see related Office Open XML (OOXML).
http://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/bitstream/id/211829/EDidriksen.pdf
- Indeed for most purposes OOXML is considered a subset of DOCX as the latter contains additional features, like OLE serialization. However, documentation on OOXML may still provide a guide to analysing a DOCX file.
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Btan, VERY, VERY, VERY interesting pair of documents you provided. I think some time ago I came across the second one,  but because I was trying to address a different issue, I didn't spend enough time on it to get an in-depth understanding of what it contained. That said, its a very good document indeed.

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Thank you Btan. Good job of finding these documents for me. They will help a lot.
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Thanks for sharing

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