RE: XML in .NET - more than just SOAP?
Come on. If it's not XML, please don't call it XML. This has NOTHING to do with nitpicking. Just because something displays in browsers doesn't make it well-formed XML (or valid HTML, btw). > -----Original Message----- > From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@m...] > Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 12:04 PM > To: 'Julian Reschke'; 'Michael Champion'; xml-dev@l... > Cc: 'Ken Irving' > Subject: RE: XML in .NET - more than just SOAP? > > > OK, I have looked more closely and Word's output is not entirely > "well-formed". On the other hand, it displays nicely in a > wide range of browsers. Also, it took me only five minutes > to figure out what I need to do to the file to be able > to run XSL transforms against it using Saxon, Xalan, etc. > grep|tr|cut can do wonders.. > > So, while it is not perfect (and it will get better) > it seems to me to be quite useful. I call it XML, > although a purist could nitpick some of the flaws. > If you want to use XSL/XML to read and/or generate office > docs, you can do it quite easily. If you want to > build solutions that work today, you can. If you want > to wait, things will probably conform much better. > I suggest you read the documents I pointed out and > try some things. Try sending XML out a servlet as > application/x-msexcel and see what happens; it really > does work. Just try things! It is not so hard.. > > Ken, re: your question about the format -- it *is* a > self-extracting .EXE and unpacks to a .chm file. > I'm not sure how you could view it on non-windows > systems; I've never tried viewing .chm on anything else. > You could always install our VM (Win2k) on one of your > machines :-) If you know a way to look at HTML help > (.chm) on your system, I can send the .chm to you > as well.. And whoever is about to suggest that we make > those docs available as .htm -- great idea! > > Thanks, > -Joshua
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