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Overheard: XML is firmly grounded in Web 1.0 publishing



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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Microsoft Office
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elliot_rusty_harold.jpg The crystal ball might be a little hazy, but the outline of XML’s future is becoming clear. The exact time line is a tad uncertain, but where XML is going isn’t. XML’s future lies with the Web, and more specifically with Web publishing…But XML is still firmly grounded in Web 1.0 publishing, and that’s still very important.

Elliotte Rusty Harold The future of XML

In 2008 we will still see a lot of shouting and hollering over which XML vocabulary to use for office documents, and not a few polemics on both sides. I suspect Microsoft will lose its efforts to have OOXML declared an ISO standard in February, but I’m not certain of that. Either way, the writing on the wall is clear. Microsoft Office will continue to lose market share to OpenOffice, iWork, and other competitors.

If the authoring tool will be a traditional office program such as Word or OpenOffice Writer, what will be on the server to hold this? And how will you move the content from the client to the server? This is where two of the most significant 1.0 releases from 2007 come into play: the Atom Publishing Protocol (APP) and XQuery.

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