Re: Namespaces, Architectural Forms, and Sub-Documents
Paul Prescod writes: > Not so. Word does not use externally embedded data by default. If > you create a table, formula or a graphic, it is inlined by default. > Typically you only externally link to a file if it already exists > (e.g. it has some meaning independent of this document). I think > Microsoft made the right choice there. Here, perhaps, there is some miscommunication between us. As I understand it (and I am by no means a Microsoft guru, or even a regular user, so please read this with appropriate caution), all Word documents are actually OLE compound objects -- in other words, they consist of (possibly many) separate objects stored in the same physical disk file; a simpler example of the same thing is Java's JAR files. For XML to work on the desktop rather than just on the server, it will also need some kind of packaging standard -- a way for all of the entities (XML and non-XML) that make up a document to be edited, stored, and shipped together, but easily broken apart again when necessary. I'm suggesting that once such a standard exists, and once there are tools to use it, including subdocuments in XML will be as easy as (and hopefully, much less buggy than) including Excel spreadsheets in Word documents. > Let me put it this way: do you feel that the creators of DocBook, > TEI and HTML were mistaken by including table models rather than > forcing their users to use subdocs? Of course not. Different DTDs will include different levels of base markup, depending on their areas of application -- we're dealing only with the case when people want to use structures not defined in the DTD itself. All the best, David -- David Megginson ak117@f... Microstar Software Ltd. dmeggins@m... http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/dmeggins/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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