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RE: MS Word and XML

Moritz Berger wrote: 
> The author of that article fails to get its facts straight:
<snipped various good points> 
> I somehow fail to see the "MS Office barrier of exit" that DWE and the
> author of the yellow press "register" site proclaim ...

Thank you, Moritz, for providing some perspective. The folks who keep
screaming "don't let your information be trapped in proprietary file
formats" are simply blowing smoke. They're the apostles of Richard
Stallman, whose real agenda is political/economic. "Propietary" means
"someone's property," and Stallmanites are basically socialists whose
real goal is to abolish privately-owned property, intellectual and

Somewhere at home, I have a bunch of 5-1/4 inch floppies containing
WordPerfect 5.1 files from, oh, about 13-15 years ago. If I suddenly had
a need for one of those files, I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that I
could still access it easily in a number of ways using any of several
different applications. The only hard part would be finding and
installing my old 5-1/4 inch floppy drive; I'm pretty sure it's in the
closet somewhere. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT voyanttechDOTcom
rgcombs AT freeDASHmarketDOTnet

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