#1. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML

Microsoft and ECMA are now running the Microsoft Office Open XML specification through the ISO process and the first thing up is the contradiction period. This is the time when objections to the specification can be presented and then resolved, if possible. Here are two links to help you understand…

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links for 2006-12-07

HTML, SVG, and MathML The Beginning of the End | Musings “Sam Ruby has been busy. He�s been lobbying for changes in the HTML5 Specification which will, ultimately, enable embedding of MathML and SVG in HTML5 documents.” (tags: mathml svg html) HOWTO Embed MathML and SVG into HTML4 This is…

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ODF project: Online presentations via SVG

Here’s an idea for an open source project: take an arbitrary ODF file containing a presentation and translate it into a series of linked HTML pages containing SVG for all or most of the graphics and text. That is, I expect a minimal HTML page surrounding a lot of SVG.…

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Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?

I have been accused in the past of using a “weight” argument against the Open XML specification because it is several thousand pages long. While some people may think that is cute or funny, it is a real concern and is an obvious problem that programmers recognize. That is, it…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 6

Before we go too much further, I want to show you a little bit of XML processing in Python. As we saw in Part 5, we can open up the content.xml component of our ODF file and retrieve the document. For a word processing document, this will include the text…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 5

It’s been several weeks since I last wrote in this series of entries examining what is in an OpenDocument Format file via some Python programming. In that last entry, I examined what was in the manifest file in the ODF zipfile. In a subsequent short entry, I noted that Rob…

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Rob Weir: How ECMA MOO-XML is bringing back dead Microsoft specs and skipping open standards

Rob Weir’s latest blog entry “Cum mortuis in lingua mortua” delves into VML, an old Microsoft spec that went out of fashion and acceptance years ago, and SVG, a W3C spec that has been a standard for 5 years. Would you be surprised that the ECMA MOO-XML spec uses VML?…

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