Amazed by Office 11, XML

by Simon St. Laurent

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The big news at XML 2002 last week was definitely Microsoft's announcement and demos of the next version of Office and its extremely flexible XML support.

Eric van der Vlist points out that such changes can have multiple effects for better or worse, but it seems we at least have some interesting XML prospects to watch for 2003.

For some reason, seems hung up on the issue of what schema Microsoft is using. doesn't seem to grasp that you can do lots of things with XML with or without a schema, and perhaps the most powerful feature of Office 11 is that you can use it to process documents using your own schemas, applying Microsoft's tools to formats you (not Microsoft!) control directly.

There will hopefully be a lot more XML in the world this time next year.

Is open data enough?