Office Suite Markup: Is it worthwhile?
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There is a lot of smoke but is there any fire? Microsoft, Sun, IBM, Oracle, Google, Redhat and others are contending over two XML vocabularies for office documents (word processor, spread sheet, presentation tool, etc.) at the moment. Fans of OOXML or ODF are hard to find among people who have spent the last twenty years researching and developing markup and markup systems. In fact, many in the markup community dismiss these efforts as unimportant and/or uninteresting. Patrick Durusau, the editor of ODF and who has called for the co-evolution of OOXML and ODF in an ISO context thinks they are important, possibly very important. Come find out what has captured the interest of at least one topic map and overlapping markup theorist.