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Re: [newtech-1] Looking for PowerPoint designer

From: Asif Y.
Sent on: Thursday, February 21, 2008 4:52 PM
Victor Shamanovsky wrote:
> Let' kick this up a notch: this works on other Office 2007 file 
> formats - Word, Excel.
>
> Nice huh?
Not really, unless Microsoft actually decides to be *really* open (as 
they announced today) with the file formats.

When an XML tag simply maps to "format this paragraph like Word97", it's 
only really helpful to Microsoft, and for users using Microsoft tools.

So I'm not really sure what's "nice" about it.

However, HTML, CSS, SVG, et al are open, clearly documented formats, 
most with plenty of code available, and generally have good 
interoperability (Internet Explorer 6 notwithstanding, which you must 
admit had absolutely horrible CSS support).

-Asif

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