The Wannabe Java Rockstar: DOCX vs. DOC or: Proprietary XML Formats vs. Proprietary Binary Formats

DOCX vs. DOC or: Proprietary XML Formats vs. Proprietary Binary Formats

In the comments to my last post, Charles asked why a proprietary XML format was better than a proprietary binary format. Well, my point wasn't that it is; my point was that OpenDocument isn't useless, which Dave Winer claimed it is.

But: I prefer the XML based Office 12 formats to the old DOC/XLS/PPT formats. Even if they are still proprietary. Here is why:

That said, I still prefer OpenDocument, but I also have to consider the market realities.

Sat, 22 Oct 2005, 22:51 | Technology | PermaLink
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