[CentOS] Docx format ?

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Wed Nov 25 20:48:52 UTC 2009

At Wed, 25 Nov 2009 11:17:13 -0800 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> > Yep, as well as .xlsx
> >
> > But, I mean, you know all the *pressing* and Important reasons that M$ had
> > to change the file format....
> >   
> FWIW, the new formats are XML based, albeit compressed.  in most 
> theories, this is a good idea for portability.
> the old file formats were proprietary, complex and full of ugliness from 
> 20 years of extensions and variations (.DOC was used by MS Word for 
> MSDOS circa 1985).   Yes, I know, MS did their own XML 'open' document 
> format, not the one everyone else is using, but at least being XML, its 
> readily decodable.

The new format is still semi-proprietary.  Using XML and ZIP does not
automagically make the format open.  If the *meaning* of the XML tags
are not documented, it is not possible to decode the XML file:

<f><g q="t">Hello</g><r x="96"/><g q="t">World</g><y z="3.14159"/></f>

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