XML File Formats in Office 12
Brian Jones, program manager on the Word team posted news about the new XML file formats in Office 12. I have posted a few times on XML file formats, so I am interested in what Office is doing. Some interesting points:
- Full fidelity. As good as the binary format.
- Compressed. Lots of file parts stored in a structured ZIP archive, similar to OpenDocument
- Fully documented. Whitepapers, documentation and XSD schemas.
- Robust. A lot less likely to get a corrupt file that can't have pieces recovered.
Granted, Office is following OpenDocument here, but this is a really good thing.