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

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Tue Apr 6 16:46:55 BST 1999

At 07:23 AM 4/6/99 -0500, Buss, Jason A wrote:
>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. 

As far as I've seen (and I've avoided Office 2000 as much as possible)
MS-XML is just another XML-based format.  I think they combined the worst
of HTML with the worst of XML in the particular way they implemented it,
but they have their own way of doing things.

The hardest issue I see with MS-XML is convincing people that there is more
to XML than this particular implementation.  Getting them to move from
bloated documents full of extra junk to more streamlined XML documents
taking advantage of style sheets (not just style elements) and meaningful
content structures will probably become more difficult as a result of this

And that, I think, is exactly how certain companies want it.

Simon St.Laurent
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