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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Re: M$ publishes Word Document ML / Hello World Sample attached
Date Mon, 17 Nov 2003 22:58:20 GMT
Antonio Gallardo wrote:
> Michael Hartle dijo:
>>Hmm, basically, this sounds interesting, but according to the legal notice
>>>There is a separate patent license available to parties interested in
>>>implementing software programs that can read and write files that
>>>conform to the Specification. This patent license is available at this
>>Before adding the Microsoft schema to the CVS and thus probably
>>implicitly accepting the patent license, some ASF lawyer better scan
>>this throughly...
> +1
> I just simply does not understand why while developers (including me)
> screaming for the formats descriptions of earlier implementations for
> years and they does not reply nothing. It was simply propetary. If you
> don't believe me, see POI project. They have hardtime documenting the MS
> formats.

Hold, the document format has been documented from quite a few time. 
There were public specs, and infact this was one of the major MS 
arguments ("hey, our file formats are public!"). Now, whether the 
available documentation was crap is a totally different issue. :-)


Gianugo Rabellino
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