the Microsoft version
It looks the same as XML
, but has subtle differences which stop native interaction in agreed W3C namespaces
It's a nightmare for database projects where the standards are not adhered to, much like the Internet Explorer 5 CSS bugs.
Whilst East Texas may be a 'haven for patent litigation', isn't that where Microsoft ensured that every CPU had to have its own copy of Windows?
That was way before Intel had heard of the dual core idea (Transputer
in UK in 1980'
Still, MS does try to patent everything itself, so it's the same law applied to all.
Well, at least the damages are only $200,000,000 - it could have been worse.
'Microsoft are appealing' and how will they write up their appeal? OpenOffice
is free and from the start complies with the patent.i4i Inc.
have been producing interactive, standards compliant tools for several years - including for the legal profession and Governmental Departments.
EDIT: Microsoft apparently have patented XML on 4th August 2009 Word-processing document stored in a single XML file that may be manipulated by applications that understand XML
A word processor including a native XML file format is provided. The well formed XML file fully represents the word-processor document, and fully supports 100% of word-processor's rich formatting. There are no feature losses when saving the word-processor documents as XML. A published XSD file defines all the rules behind the word-processor's XML file format. Hints may be provided within the XML associated files providing applications that understand XML a shortcut to understanding some of the features provided by the word-processor. The word-processing document is stored in a single XML file. Additionally, manipulation of word-processing documents may be done on computing devices that do not include the word-processor itself.
Doesn't that seem a little too broad and convenient? Did the patent office know about this prior art?
A 2001 post by the CEO of i4i explains the reason behind their XML document tools. It's even used in the US Patent Office. XML for the Rest of UsLondonLiving
Edited by londonliving, 15 August 2009 - 12:08 AM.