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Re: XML in Microsoft Office 12

  • To: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@d...>
  • Subject: Re: XML in Microsoft Office 12
  • From: Kent Tegels <ktegels@g...>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 11:30:00 -0500
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microsoft office 12
> 1. Anyone know whether these will be cleaner schemas than the ones used
> in the current documents?

TDB. As soon as I find out more, I'll be talking about them in my
blog. My guess is no, but...

> 2. How significant is the move to XML as the *default* format, as
> opposed to another available format? I guess it's really pretty useful
> to be able to just use the files on the hard disk without converting
> them first.

Its actually going to be XML that gets compressed, but its not clear
if its going to be CAB style, ala InfoPath, or something more
universally usable. I'm of the expectation that compression will the
default, but not the only option.

> 3. How many of the reasons from moving from a binary file format to XML
> also apply to binary XML in web messages?

I don't think the overlap is as great as some might expect. The volume
and user-expected velocity of network transmission should be
considerably lower, and the compression is going to help with that.
We're not dealing with object serialization so much either, more
knowledge serialization. If XML itself is the ultimate format for
remains unresolved, but it certainly answers the "why not just use
CDFs" bluntly.

Thanks!

Kent Tegels
DevelopMentor
Blog: http://staff.develop.com/ktegels

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