XML in O2K (was "XML in .NET")
>Chris Lovett [clovett@m...] wrote: >But I know for a fact from the Office people I have worked with that >making Office 2000 a general XML authoring tool was not a design goal. No one is expecting a general XML authoring tool in Office. This would imply the ability to edit documents conforming to any DTD. Those of us who attempted to use SGML Author for Word know that this is not realistic. If Office apps could save documents as valid XML conforming to some published DTD (or schema) of Microsoft's own design, that would be great. People could write apps (or XSLT stylesheets) to read these and do things with them. The frustration with the O2K format is over the embedding of XML chunks (excuse me, "islands") within strange MSHTML markup that makes any XML parser choke. (And I don't care if Navigator doesn't choke on it--it's not standard HTML because it's not W3C HTML, but a proprietary extension of it.) Why does Microsoft brag about their use of XML in Office if they have erected barriers to the use of this XML by others? Because it's such a trendy standard? It comes off as trying to take credit for providing the advantages of the trendy standard without actually doing so. Of course, this is what marketing people are paid to do. Bob DuCharme www.snee.com/bob <bob@ snee.com> "The elements be kind to thee, and make thy spirits all of comfort!" Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii  http://www.microsoft.com/PressPass/press/1997/dec97/HTMLPR.asp and http://www.microsoft.com/PressPass/press/1998/Oct98/XMLcapPR.asp
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