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   RE: [xml-dev] XDocs and XForms?

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  • To: "Mike Champion" <mc@xegesis.org>,<xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] XDocs and XForms?
  • From: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 11:19:45 -0700
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  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] XDocs and XForms?

The best write ups about XDocs I've seen online were at
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,609994,00.asp and 
.asp respectively. 

If that is not enough information, next month's Extreme XML should be
about XDocs et al. You can mail me questions you'd like to see answered
and I'll be sure to pass them along to the Office team. 

People who emphatically protest that they are putting all their cards on
the table usually put them all face down.              

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 11:06 AM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> I haven't seen much discussion of what Microsoft's XDocs 
> announcements imply about the W3C XForms, currently a Working 
> Draft http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-xforms-20020821/
> Googling discovers almost nothing, other than the intriguing 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-forms/2002Oct/0043.html
> "- The "problem space" both Office/XDocs and XForms are 
> addressing are similar, if not the same.
> - MS hopes to boost flagging Office sales with XDocs.
> == XForms is a really, really good idea, has a huge market, 
> solves big problems."
> [The cynic in me suspects that HTML forms+client-side or 
> server-side scripting hit the 80/20 point and that NEITHER 
> will have a huge market ...]
> I was, however,  struck by something in an article at:
> http://computerworld.com/developmenttopics/development/xml/sto

"What is likely to happen is that [XDocs is] going to be picked up by
rebel developers and power users in the organization, and they're going
to start doing things much like people did with FoxPro and Clipper way
back when," Plummer predicted. "And then one day IT is going to realize
there's a lot out there." 

Back in the Good Ol' Days, the rebel developers picked up on open source
implementations of open standards, and IT finally realized that "there's
a lot out there".  


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