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> One might argue that it creates a window of opportunity for OpenOffice
> because the XML it generates is so much more practical for downstream
> applications to work with than WordML, I guess. I honestly don't see why
> they bother with WordML; what is the *point* of storing data in XML if the
> schema is so hideous and proprietary than no one can use it without
> proprietary API support?
Well, don't forget, the new xml format is not like that wretched html format
from current versions of Word. It is quite a bit better than that. But
they were not about to change their internal document model, so of course
the xml is reflecting that.