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Sensible, Betty. What I would want is that ANY version of Word, Access,
Excel, etc. regardless of target market should be able to map their
own schema and export or import accordingly. Some users will learn
to do it when they need to (just as they learned to type HTML), and
others will ignore it.
IMO, the basic right of data ownership is to export and import that data
labeled and structured to the policy of the local owner. After that,
the complexity of the trading relationship (eg, master-slave, editor-author,
owner-buyer, publisher-syndicator, peer-peer, and so on) may require more
complex toolsets and these are priced and bundled accordingly.
From: Betty Harvey [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
If I could 'bend Microsoft' I would suggest that they provide
a 'developers' version of Office. This would provide organizations
to develop their own schemas, stylesheets, macros, etc. and allow
their end user the ability to use the developed XML applications
This solution would make everyone happy. Editors and authors don't
want to be in the business of developing applications.
I think WordPerfect (Corel) did a nice job (not perfect) of
including SGML and now XML into the WordPerfect product. The compiled
XML application could be given to the end user. The end user could
provide XML data where required but could still use WordPerfect
as a daily word processor. XML is embedded in the product as
an add-on and those who aren't interested aren't bothered by it.