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   Re: [xml-dev] Common Word Processing Format

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> If it is as claimed that HTML/XHTML only has 5 to 10% of the features 
> of word processing:
> 1.  What is the world's largest publishing medium (the web) so successful 
> using only 5 to 10% of the features of word processing?

I sense a logical fallacy (not really sense it, just have experienced 
it). It is not that only 5-10% are used, it is that 5-10% are made 
useable by the software that allow publishing to web. Blog entries are 
not the be all and end all...

This is why I said that the battle is for useable 'write' programs. The 
web doesn't have it yet. I would also say that desktop pub systems 
dont't either, but...

When an organization matures in its web publishing there are needs for 
more structure (and, of course there is a need for freeform). When 
structure is needed it is welcome as it saves the user time and resolves 
confusing choices. There is also the need to be able able to change 
templates/style and not use drones to do it.

I would not want to see what I think you are proscribing. I want to see 
a good WYSIWYG, schema validating editor that can choose between 
different content types (FAQ, Callout, Gloosary-Item, whatever) and 
allows for a free-for-all content type.

Content pieces should be separate. They should be able to be placed 
where needed in whatever presentation.

(Our CMS, http://livestoryboard.com , has that now except I want 
something that is more usable for those accustomed to MSWord). Xopus is 
the best available currently. I wish there was better and cross 



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