XML complexity, namespaces (was WG)

Andrew McNaughton andrew at squiz.co.nz
Sat Mar 20 09:14:50 GMT 1999

> At 02:46 PM 3/19/99 -0600, Paul Prescod wrote:
> >In other words, XML is as asymmetric as SGML. Actually neither is really
> >very asymmetric because you can't (well, shouldn't) get data into them
> >before you have designed your document type. So input and output are both
> >pretty difficult if you compare them, say, to Microsoft Word which is
> >usually the benchmark people use to demonstrate how hard SGML systems are
> >to build.
> Ah, but if MS Word had a simple "Save-To-XML" option that let users save
> their documents using markup based on the styles they've built.  Three
> times now, I've seen organizations that had done a lot of very good
> informal work with Word styles, and no easy path for those structures or
> the documents that use them to move to XML.  I guess the incentive just
> isn't there for MS to make life easy.  There are tools to do it, but it's
> still not much fun.  (Another painful case of asymmetry.)
> Simon St.Laurent

Word does have a "Save to RTF" which looks like it could be useful as an intermediate step.

Andrew McNaughton

Andrew McNaughton
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