Every implementation of XML is slightly different. Even though the XML format is open, it
takes work (usually a *lot* of work) to write a converter from any one variety of XML to any
other format or to any other variety of XML. Word documents can contain an enormous
amount of information of many different kinds; the XML that stores it can get very complex.
Microsoft's XML is just as "open", just as well documented, as, say, OpenOffice's XML. It's a
non-trivial job to make converters for either of them. Neither one is "proprietary" but each is
This topic has been very widely discussed on the web. A ten-second Google search can
provide more detail than I've tried to offer here.
--- In email@example.com, Rick Albright <logres@...> wrote:
> Isn't XML a fairly standard (and open) format?