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Subject: Pointers to OOXML


Apologies for posting to both lists but since the issue of pointing to 
OOXML came up in the main TC I wanted to include readers of that list in 
any following discussion.

I hope that the revised metadata proposal is going to support things 
like pointing to portions of the OOXML specification that define graphic 
images, such as borders, etc., which will be needed to preserve at 100% 
documents written in legacy MS formats.

While I have little interest in document decoration, I suspect that 
there are those who consider that to be a very important part of the 

In any event, I do know that graphics are often the subject of 
restrictions on reproduction or use.

Even if we simply say that any decoration can be referenced by IRI, I 
would like to either have a cautionary note that content from OOXML is 
either in or out of bounds for such pointing. Perhaps if someone has a 
licensing agreement with MS it may be permitted, etc.

This may be a non-issue but given our discussion yesterday, I think it 
would be good to assure users that they can take advantage (or not) of 
the rather lengthy OOXML specification in terms of indicating document 
decoration and other material.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work! 

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