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   Re: [xml-dev] Common Word Processing Format

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BTW, this just popped up on the W3 CSS list:



Robert Koberg wrote:
> Peter Hunsberger wrote:
>> On 11/29/05, Bullard, Claude L (Len) <len.bullard@intergraph.com> wrote:
>>> Spy Vs Spy aside for the moment, and following the thought experiment 
>>> at Tim
>>> Bray's blog:
>>> How much of a common word processing format subset is represented by 
>>> HTML?
>>> How much isn't?  How much could be added by namespaced behaviors?
>>> IOW, don't we have one of these?
>> Interesting question.  Early in my career I spent a lot of time with
>> SGML.  Given that the target in those days was document publishing I
>> don't think there where many constructs missing that Word it it's kin
>> would possess with the exception of behaviours.  When HTML came along
>> I was first surprised that so many of the SGML constructs had made it
>> into the spec. but there where also times when I found things missing
>> that I sort of wanted.
>> How much is missing?  I bet I have an IBM SGML reference card in my
>> attic somewhere, building the feature checklist would be easy... 
>> However, the need for macros and behaviours would be all new (to
>> standardised HTML), so although it might be a good starting point, I
>> somehow doubt that it's the end point?  I suspect you're still going
>> to have some battles to win before any new standard emerges.
> Wouldn't:
> <object .../>
> <link .../>
> <script .../>
> handle anything not explicitly definied?
> I don't get the push for ODF. I don't get why XHTML isn't all you need 
> for a common document format. Transforming configuration and content to 
> XHTML makes much more sense to me. Keeping styling info in a separate 
> and app/site wide file makes much more sense to me.
> best,
> -Rob
>> <snip/>
>> -- 
>> Peter Hunsberger


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