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   Re:What is XML's appropriate place in an office suite?

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 >[Andrew Watt]
 >Re-examining some of the recent discussion it seems to me that some
 >of the pleas for fully open XML in office suites is simply thinly veiled 
 >pleading for the XML geek lobby.

XML's role *can* be to claw back ownership of data from application vendors 
and give it back to the users.

Anyone with a large collection of wordprocessor/spreadsheet/presentation 
documents out there could do worse
that think about who really *owns* those documents right now.

However, only the syntax of XML is mandatory for compliance. Openness is 

I fear or OfficeML's in that regard. Without documented semantics its just 
a bag of
tags in which XML compliance gains you very little. It certainly does not 
shift ownership
back to the data creator.

As for open source or open data - I'll take Open Data any day (and no, open 
source does not
imply open data). Openness is an attitude - not a syntax.

Open Source/Open Data:




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