Webdeveloper article on MS-XML in Office 2000....

Buss, Jason A jabuss at cessna.textron.com
Tue Apr 6 14:24:04 BST 1999

Has anyone read the latest article on XML implementation in Office 2000?


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What does the STANDARDIZATION of XML have to do with enforcing a software
standard?  If Lotus and Corel and all these other office suite vendors adopt
XML as the standard reads, and Microsoft maims XML implementation so that an
XML doc saved in Office 2000 can't be read by other vendors' applications,
does it not become clear who is in the wrong here?  No one (that I can think
of) WANTS Microsoft to implement their own 'flavor' of XML.  The whole point
of XML (I gathered) was so that anyone's browser (or application) could open
and read ranting.xml without fear of not having the "right" software to read
the document.  I have Office (I have no choice, since it's the "standard")
but when I have to share something, If I can't fit it in Outlook (another
"standard") then I attach a .txt file.  I don't have to worry about anyone's
application not supporting that.  If it's too big, or needs graphics, then I
post it on the web or intranet, in HTML 3.2 (no DHTML or stinkin' BLINK
tags) and forget about it, cuz I know noone should have trouble reading it.
Just like the guy in this article.  Why not apply the same logic to his
documents that he does to his webpages?  Then he doesn't have to chastise
anyone (like anyone using Linux) about not using Word.  Ok, I feel a bit
better now....


Jason A. Buss
Single Engine Technical Publications
Cessna Aircraft Co.
jabuss at cessna.textron.com
"I don't dislike Microsoft products...  I still use Flight Simulator

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