Word and XML (was: XML standards coherency and so forth)

Charles Frankston cfranks at microsoft.com
Fri Jan 22 21:47:04 GMT 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at locke.ccil.org]
> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 1999 11:01 AM
> To: XML Dev
> Subject: Re: Word and XML (was: XML standards coherency and so forth)
> Biron,Paul V wrote:
> > Actually, it is very easy to generate a Word '97 document 
> which when saved
> > as HTML will be non-wellformed.  Try the following, where 
> *xxx* means "make
> > xxx bold", and _yyy_ means "make yyy italicized".
> > 
> >         This is *a test _of the* emergency_ broadcast system
> > 
> > The relevant portion of the HTML produced by word is
> > 
> >         <P>This is <B>a test <I>of the</B> emergency</I> broadcast
> > system</P>
> Un*censored*believable.  This not only isn't XML, it isn't even
> HTML.  What were they thinking of?  (I know, I know: $$$$.)
> Microsoft folks, is there any hope of getting this fixed for
> Office 2K?

>From my Word 2000 beta:

  This is <b>a test <i>of the</i></b><i> emergency</i>
  broadcast system.

As some others on this thread have pointed out, the Office 2000 applications
do not claim to be using XML as a file format.  What they do support is HTML
as a "first-class" file save format, using embedded XML islands to describe
things (such as OfficeArt) that HTML cannot describe.  Steve Mohr's article
http://webdev.wrox.co.uk/resources/articles/xmlc/off2000.htm is a pretty
good description of how this is done.  "First-class" means that HTML is
considered co-equal in capabilities and importance to the "native" (e.g.
DOC, XLS, etc.) formats.

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