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   RE: [xml-dev] Tablet PC ink is XML

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Checking the MS show schedule, I see that most of the country still hasn't
seen the show yet. I was lucky enough to be in one of the early cities.

You guys are a tough audience! I have to say that I'm impressed. Sometimes,
the best ideas are the simplest ones. Yes, it does handwriting recognition
(and very impressively too). I had a hard time making out some of the
characters that it got right. But this isn't really what will make it

Probably the biggest advance will come from the STANDARDIZATION (something
XML'ers should understand the importance of) of the pen interface through a
.NET SDK. Now ... this is not ASCII or even WWW standardization ... this is
Microsoft-style "golden rule" (he who has the gold makes the rules)
standardization. But it's standardization nonetheless. And given this base
to work from, I predict a whole raft of third party applications and the
Tablet PC as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise glum Christmas
electronic selling season. ("Deck the halls with greed and folly!")

If MS pulls this one off, the 'pen' will become a ubiquitous interface much
like the mouse is today.

Dan Mabbutt


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