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   Re: [xml-dev] Common Word Processing Format

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Michael Champion wrote:
> I agree with what I think is the thrust of Len's point in this thread:  
> If you are writing an RFP or a government regulation and need to specify 
> a document format that is really and truly open, undeniably a standard, 
> and good enough for the vast majority of real-world static "office" 
> documents, specify (X)HTML.  Beyond that ...   If you need more 
> richness, there are a lot of options:  MS Office XML formats have a lot 
> of momentum and have a lot of advantages when the document contains live 
> data; 

How is a distributed (by its nature) MS Office document better for live 
data versus something that lives at a centralized location?

 > ODF is a cleaner XML format and more easily edited with generic
> XML tools and processed by people who understand the subtleties of 
> things like mixed content; DocBook is going to work well for huge 
> technical documents, and custom  or vertical-industry schemas are likely 
> to be important in some niches.

docbook or simplified docbook or some variant in manageable pieces 
assembled into whatever end format would be nice

> I can't imagine why anyone thinks they know enough now to write a policy 
> that accurately predicts 

you can't imagine people who have the power to spend taxpayer's money 
misusing it?



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