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   RE: XML in Office 200X

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  • From: Thierry Bezecourt <thbz@thbz.cx>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 19:33:04 +0200

At 08:53 01/08/2000 -0700, Ashvil wrote:
> > From: Thierry Bezecourt [mailto:thbz@thbz.cx]
> > I don't see how
> > an XML output in Office could be really useful except for
> > I would be interested in real-world use cases.
>There were postings earlier that implied that abiword, kword, star
>office currently have xml formats. Could someone please post urls to
>those formats. I could not find them. Maybe we can infer some
>real-world use cases by looking at them.

I tried AbiWord today, and I liked it.  However, while
the files are stored as XML (http://www.abisource.com/dev_faq.phtml), it 
seems to be intended for internal usage more than for interoperating for 
other applications.  When you save a file, there is no "Save as XML" option 
; there is a "Save as AbiWord" option.  You need to be curious and edit the 
.abw file with a text editor to discover that this "AbiWord" format is XML.

Publishing the internal file format is a good thing 
(http://www.abisource.com/awml.dtd), but stating that it can be used by 
other applications would mean that the DTD must be *stable* and documented. 
I don't think this is realistic, because the developers may want to modify 
the internal file format for many reasons. Again, I don't know if the 
intention of the AbiWord developers is to state that their file format is 
(or will be) stable and usable by other applications in the real world. And 
sam th is welcome to flame me for any error I may have written here.

>Also, if it is not too much trouble, please submit those xml file
>schemas to the xml.org schema repository.

When I go to http://www.xml.org/registry/ and click on "Search XML 
Schemas", I receive an "Access Denied" error.  I won't help people who 
won't help me, whatever their reason may be.


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