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On Wed, 04 Dec 2002 14:13:03 -0500, Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect-
> Can you help me think of an example based on your MS Word scenario that shows
> how the presence of a data type makes it *harder* for other programs to
> use the data?
If you mean "data type" in terms of annotating elements with an xsd:type
attribute saying "by the way, this is an integer|date|float",
no. I was thinking of the whole format as a "data type", and docs
most usefully thought of as a serialization of the Word object
model and not very usefully thought of as lexically oriented text.
A Word document serialized in XML with all the proprietary crap
encoded is less portable, even with a published schema, than one
serialized in vanilla tagged text format.
You wanted a concrete example; it's the best I could come up with
off the top of my head!