SGML/XML 98 Paris, another take

Tim Bray tbray at
Wed May 27 06:36:21 BST 1998

At 09:29 AM 5/26/98 +0001, Simon North wrote:
>Microsoft: what I saw was an animated presentation of XML being used 
>a *wrapper* to carry the inter-Office package 'meta' data. The actual 
>data was unchanged, but when importing a chart plot into the Excel 
>spreadsheet, the data describing its size and other properties was in 
>XML. This is rather different to saving the whole thing in XML ... 

In fact, it looked to me like they were saving it in a combination
of XML and HTML in what seemed on the surface like a sensible fashion.
Implication: RTF is dead (YES!)

>Namespaces: no-one is happy about namespaces. 

Horse-shit.  I am, and the XML WG achieved consensus on publishing the
WD.  So that's at least 20 people.  Check your facts in future.  Namespaces
do the minimum required to allow other groups to move forward without, 
IMHO, blocking off other avenues of exploration.  -Tim

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