"Word's giant leap forward"
- Blog from Andrew Savikas on O'Reilly.net site -
Quoting from that item -
One of the finest features of Adobe FrameMaker (long a favorite among
tech publishers) is the MIF file format (MIF stands for Maker
MIF is a lossless, ASCII representation of a FrameMaker file, and it's
well document and easily parsed. Things that would be impossible or
nearly so from the Frame UI are a walk in the park from MIF.
But with Word 2003, Microsoft has finally opened up their books, so to
speak, providing a truly lossless ASCII file format that even bests
MIF, by being XML.
For example, as I was reading through the excellent Office 2003
XML, I noticed a 7-line XSL stylesheet that removes all direct (not
style-based) formatting from a Word document. Seven lines. No macros.
No need even to open up Word. That's (finally) true batch processing
in Word. For what I do, this is a much bigger deal than the Task Pane.