Office 2000 and XML Islands

Paul Prescod paul at
Sat Jan 23 05:37:12 GMT 1999

Charles Frankston wrote:
> 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
> 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.) format.

#1. What feature of HTML, SGML or XML allows you to change markup
languages mid-stream?

#2. Will Microsoft publish the schema for Office 2000 data?

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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