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From Peter Reilly <peter.rei...@corvil.com>
Subject Re: Microsoft XML scripting patent
Date Fri, 13 Feb 2004 14:22:12 GMT
Jan.Materne@rzf.fin-nrw.de wrote:

>Not only <scriptdef>. You can do the same (storing) with
>  <target name="" description="">
>      <script language=""> 
>          <![CDATA[
>          ]]>
>      </script>      
>  </target>
>  
>
Exactly, the patent descibes the contents of the ant "script" manual page:
http://ant.apache.org/manual/OptionalTasks/script.html
Peter

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>Does the ASF have a layer to check that?
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>Jan
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>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Antoine Lévy-Lambert [mailto:antoine@apache.org]
>>Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 3:14 PM
>>To: Ant Developers List
>>Subject: Re: Microsoft XML scripting patent
>>
>>
>>Jan.Materne@rzf.fin-nrw.de wrote:
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>>>>So, it sound not like a pattent on scripting, but on
>>>>how to store collections of scripts in one file and being
>>>>able to execute them.
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>>><target> as collection of scripts?
>>>
>>>Jan
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>>The example provided on the web page showing MS's patent show an xml 
>>file containing a .bat file and a .vbs script, both rewritten in some 
>>xml format.
>>
>>As someone else wrote, it is a little bit like an ant script with 
>>several scriptdefs in it.
>>
>>The MS patent talks about specific XML elements :
>><collection>
>>    <file extension=".bat">
>>     .... commands
>>    </file>
>>     ....
>></collection>
>>
>>I do not know whether their patent only applies to XML 
>>scripts written 
>>using this particular schema ? Or does the patent claim to 
>>protect *all* 
>>use of XML for scripts, and particularly this particular document 
>>structure ?
>>
>>Antoine
>>
>>http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HIT
>>OFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=pt
>>xt&s1=XML.ABST.&s2=Microsoft.ASNM.&OS=ABST/XML+AND+AN/Microsof
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>t&RS=ABST/XML+AND+AN/Microsoft
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>>....
>>19. In a computer system having one or more scripts written in one or 
>>more scripting languages, a computer readable having stored thereon a 
>>data structure for encompassing the one or more scripts into a single 
>>file, the data structure comprising:
>>
>>a file element field for each of the one or more scripts, 
>>wherein each 
>>file element field delimits one of the one or more scripts;
>>
>>an extension attribute field included in each file element field, 
>>wherein the extension attribute field identifies a scripting language;
>>
>>a code element field included within each file element field, wherein 
>>the code element field contains script instructions in the scripting 
>>language identified in the extension attribute field;
>>
>>a name element field within each file element field, wherein the name 
>>element field contains a descriptive name; and
>>
>>a description element field within each file element field, 
>>wherein the 
>>description element field contains a functional description.
>>
>>wherein the data structure is configured to be parsed by a 
>>parser into a 
>>list for presentation to a user and that includes an 
>>identifier for each 
>>of the one or more scripts, the identifier comprising the descriptive 
>>name and functional description of each script.
>>
>>20. A data structure as defined in claim 19, further 
>>comprising a CDATA 
>>element field within the code element field, wherein the 
>>CDATA element 
>>field precludes data within the CDATA element field from being 
>>recognized as a format of the data structure.
>>
>>21. A data structure as defined in claim 19, wherein the file 
>>elements 
>>for the one or more scripts are delimited by a collection element, 
>>wherein the collection element is a root of the file.
>>...
>>
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