Panel, part III

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Clyde Hatter of Propylon discusses OpenOffice and XML. “Most normal people–which includes nobody in this room–would rather eat a plate of broccoli than use an XML editor.” I like him already. OpenOffice looks sort of like a modern version of Ventura Publisher, he says. OpenOffice … Read More

Panel, continued

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Mark Jacobson of Really Strategies launches into the Word part of the session. He describes WordML as “a better source to convert Word to XML.” In other words, the WordML is now a reasonable starting point to produce actually useful XML. “Word-based” XML environments often … Read More

ODF plug-in, continued…

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The idea is to get to round-tripping between Word and OpenOffice/ODF. Currently, round-tripping is “poor.” Youch. The questions are brutal. The presenter made the mistake of focusing more on Microsoft-bashing and politics and is now being reeled in with questions that start like this, “Aside … Read More

Fun in Long Beach (?)

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Registration has opened for WritersUA. Now in its fifteenth year, the 2007 conference will be in Long Beach, California from March 25-28. The schedule and session descriptions are available, and they look great. I will be doing two sessions: Coping with the XML Paradigm Shift … Read More