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Re: OT: In defence of ``newbie-picking''

On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 01:53:19AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-07-25 at 23:06 -0500, Kent West wrote:
> > Carl Fink wrote:
> > >On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 04:35:50AM +0200, Anders Breindahl wrote:
> [snip]
> > >and Microsoft's reaction was to announce that the next version of MS Office
> > >will use the same zipped-XML format that OO uses.
> > >  
> > >
> > Again, I'm probably wrong, but my understanding is that MS is planning
> > on using XML, but since XML is not a file format _per se_, but rather a
> > "format that describes a format", MS's use of XML does not guarantee
> > third-party readability. I especially doubt that MS has chosen to use
> > the same format as that used by OOo. If you can offer a link, I'd be
> > interested in reading about this; it could be a very interesting thing.
> KW is correct.
> Especially galling is that it will be "'encrypted' binary within 
> XML" and covered by the DMCA.

Any chance you could provide references for this statement?
The people I might have to convince need evidence.
They'll have questions like -- is everything to be encrypted?
Or just things the author specifies some king of DRM for?

-- hendrik

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