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   RE: [xml-dev] MS office XML

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So far, the only reliable witness outside of MS on 
this list is Tim Bray.

I don't see why they couldn't do it.  There were 
SGML editors that handled worse and still managed 
to be WYSIWYG.   The tedious part was setting 
them up, but otherwise, it could be done.  XML 
is simpler than SGML.

The painful thing about WYSIWYG was it usually 
presumed a fixed set of types internally, so 
it was more like an HTML editor, just better at 

But the thrust of the XML seems to be opening 
Word, Excel, etc. up to easier integration.  That can 
mean any number of things with regard to how 
each Office app uses XML.  Remember, Office 
is more than Word.  If it all works, it will 
be pretty darned neat, and a bit of risk for 
MS since Office is traditionally a cash cow 
but a pain to integrate with anything other 
than MS products.   If what I read is true, 
then this enables the Office apps to get 
information updates from other sources, so 
as one article said, like a web browser without 
the web browser.

Maybe you are being too cynical, but hey, this 
is XML-Dev.  We live to cynic. :-)


From: Justin Lipton [mailto:justin@ns.xn.com.au]

Does anyone know or have ideas about what XML enabled Office 11 actually 

I can't imagine Office having a concept of validity and behaving like a 
true XML editor.
It's easier to envisage  being allowed to define tags (like styles) and 
markup text such that the output document can be appropriately tagged. I 
just can't see it properly handling IDs, IDREFS, ENTITIES, encoding etc. 

There is a hint of this in the following article

Am I being too cynical?


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