XML and (K)Office

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Wed Mar 24 22:53:19 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:
> For those of you who don't know, the current incarnation of the
> emacs/vi or sh/csh religious battle (or perhaps SGML/XML) in the Linux
> world is KDE vs. Gnome as the desktop manager.  I'm in the Gnome camp,
> so it is with mixed feelings that I draw attention to the fact that
> KOffice for KDE (see article [2]) uses XML-based save formats for
> *all* of its applications (word processor, spreadsheet, formula
> designer, presentation manager, etc. etc.).

Note that other standards in use in KOffice include CORBA, and
Linuxdoc/SGML (for KDE documentation). These guys obviously have a
standards focus.

Probably not coincidentally they use Python for scripting and formulas.
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"Perpetually obsolescing and thus losing all data and programs every 10
years (the current pattern) is no way to run an information economy or
a civilization." - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog

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