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   RE: [xml-dev] Whitepapers and ScreenShots of Office 11 XML Featur es

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Since the original question dealt with XML Schemas, it is the 
properties of item one that interest me, that is, the properties 
of the public schema.  PDF is open according to the definition 
there.  Taking another item, who controls the schema, that is, 
who can legally modify it, alters that.  Given that there can 
be a schema for the internals (a tightly bound system schema), and as 
many public schemas as there are definitions for "public", we're 
still back to the system-schema and the public schemas.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alaric B. Snell [mailto:alaric@alaric-snell.com]

On Tuesday 17 December 2002 16:40, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> Is there a set of properties that define "open"?
> Is there a subset of properties of all office systems
> that will make that cut?

I've been thinking that there are various properties that are 'open'; an open system need not have all of them, and it's a fuzzy logic problem to say how many you need to be 'open'.

Properties might include:

1) The data formats / protocols being publicly readable and implementable; not necessarily all of them but enough to interoperate, eg some implementations of open systems (even reference implementations) can of course have private implementation-specific data formats that are used internally


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