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   RE: XML in .NET - more than just SOAP?

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  • From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
  • To: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>,'Julian Reschke' <julian.reschke@gmx.de>,'Michael Champion' <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 12:09:11 +0200

Come on.

If it's not XML, please don't call it XML. This has NOTHING to do with

Just because something displays in browsers doesn't make it well-formed XML
(or valid HTML, btw).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 12:04 PM
> To: 'Julian Reschke'; 'Michael Champion'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Cc: 'Ken Irving'
> Subject: RE: XML in .NET - more than just SOAP?
> OK, I have looked more closely and Word's output is not entirely
> "well-formed".  On the other hand, it displays nicely in a
> wide range of browsers.  Also, it took me only five minutes
> to figure out what I need to do to the file to be able
> to run XSL transforms against it using Saxon, Xalan, etc.
> grep|tr|cut can do wonders..
> So, while it is not perfect (and it will get better)
> it seems to me to be quite useful.  I call it XML,
> although a purist could nitpick some of the flaws.
> If you want to use XSL/XML to read and/or generate office
> docs, you can do it quite easily.  If you want to
> build solutions that work today, you can.  If you want
> to wait, things will probably conform much better.
> I suggest you read the documents I pointed out and
> try some things.  Try sending XML out a servlet as
> application/x-msexcel and see what happens; it really
> does work.  Just try things!  It is not so hard..
> Ken, re: your question about the format -- it *is* a
> self-extracting .EXE and unpacks to a .chm file.
> I'm not sure how you could view it on non-windows
> systems; I've never tried viewing .chm on anything else.
> You could always install our VM (Win2k) on one of your
> machines :-)  If you know a way to look at HTML help
> (.chm) on your system, I can send the .chm to you
> as well..  And whoever is about to suggest that we make
> those docs available as .htm -- great idea!
> Thanks,
> -Joshua


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