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From Gianugo Rabellino <gian...@apache.org>
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
>>>location:
>>>http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/ip/format/xmlpatentlicense.asp.
>>>
>>
>>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. :-)

Ciao,

-- 
Gianugo Rabellino
Pro-netics s.r.l. -  http://www.pro-netics.com
Orixo, the XML business alliance - http://www.orixo.com
     (Now blogging at: http://blogs.cocoondev.org/gianugo/)


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