[ILUG] Star Office
bbrelin at openapp.biz
Thu Jun 2 16:32:29 IST 2005
I'm not sure that's entirely correct. The reason that the MS file formats
aren't transparent is that they encrypt the data. They also dump their
runtime data structures into the .doc/xls/etc. file. If the file is XML,
even though it's damn hard to understand, some smart person (or some
person with too much time on his/her hands) should be able to reverse
engineer things so that a schema or dtd can be published...
> On Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 04:59:57PM +0100, CP Hennessy wrote:
>> Is it vaporware or just a stalling tactic ? ( or am I too cynical ? )
> it's neither.
> apparently they put the contents in some kind of blob that's just as
> hard to read as the old formats. just because something is in "xml
> format" doesn't mean it will be magically readable.
> heck, up until now word documents were in a "file." linux has all the
> tools you need to manipulate a file - open, close, write, read, trucate,
> seek, etc. but that didn't make it easier to parse.
> kevin lyda ~ dems for torture: salazar(co/10) landrieu(la/08) pryor(ar/08)
> kevin at ie.suberic.net ~ nelson(fl/06) nelson(ne/06) lieberman(ct/06) 2/2/04
> Those who refuse to raise their voices against something as clearly evil
> as torture are enablers, if not collaborators. --Bob Herbert, 2/11/04
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