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Re: [xml-dev] The year is 2027, and we need to examine archived XML documents from 2007 ...

I'd also point out that OASIS has an emerging effort to standardize
such a format as an (in progress) open standard called UOML


We've just completed the first committee draft to be found here


UOML already exists as a recognised format in China so the OASIS version
builds on existing work (already implemented in some versions of the chinese
Open Office derivative called Red Office). In such an implementation the
document is archived using the Print function in an office app and a virtual
printer which converts the office document to UOML as a binary XML file.

Hopefully this will nicely complement ODF as well as the chinese equivalents.

I'm new to it so please don't just take my plug as gospel truth - best
to check it

Best regards

Stephen Green

SystML, http://www.systml.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 117 9541606

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+22:37 .. and voice

On 10/09/2007, robert_weir@us.ibm.com <robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> > So, instead of fighting over ODF/OOXML which can survive with or without
> > each other, perhaps ISO/W3C/OASIS/IETF etc should focus on a (possibly)
> > XML based archive format for documents and data which preserves basic
> > layout, links, binary objects (like jpg, avi, etc) as part of the
> > format. Open Office and Microsoft can conform to Government requirements
> > by having a "Save Archive" option.
> >
> > All sorts of applications, not just office functions could target the
> > archive format for long term storage and searching.
> >
> There is probably something to be learned from ISO PDF/A in this regard.
> One idea I've given some thought to is whether something like ODF/A, defined
> as a formal profile or restriction of ODF, would have significantly greater
> usefulness for long-term archiving than the full ODF.  ODF/A for example,
> could disallow scripts/macros, OLE embeddings, image embeddings other than
> PNG and JPG format, etc.
> -Rob
> ___________________________
> Rob Weir
> Software Architect
> Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
> IBM Software Group
> email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
> phone: 1-978-399-7122
> blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/

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