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Microsoft XDocs

From: Dan Dennedy <DDennedy@digitalbang.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 12:28:04 -0400
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Cc: "DBCincinnati" <DBCincinnati@digitalbang.com>

Microsoft has unveiled new XDocs technology for Office due to be
released sometime late next year:
http://www.microsoft.com/office/xdocs/default.asp

It seems very similar to XForms in goals and scope. In some ways its
scope seems to go beyond XForms, but it's hard to tell right now. It is
interesting how it integrates with the other features of Office:
spell-checking, AutoCorrect, rich formatting, and "picture support."

Rich formatting (Office XML) could be put into a CDATA sections and
pictures can be encoded into base64binary nodes. Is there a way with XML
Schema and XForms to indicate whether a string element can accept a
CDATA section? Maybe an upload control with a mediatype of, for example,
text/xhtml could work with a base64binary node. One client processor may
be able to support in-place rich editing (along with import from file)
while others could permit uploading externally authored content.

Another interesting feature is offline support. I could see XForms
possibly handling this too with a smart enough processor. However, MS
does not mention XForms at all. For now, I have to assume it is not
XForms and feel it is a shame they chose not to support it and create
yet another standard. What are your thoughts?

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