I remember who excited I was when I found out that I could save a word document to HTML. Now after two years using Word 2003, I learn that Word 2003 can save a Word document as XML via Microsoft’s WordprocesingML. What this implies, but I haven’t test, is that if you can write xml files, you can write word documents. The only issue I fear is that I will most likely have to write XML the Microsoft way, which is usually the non-standard way!

Having a Word document in XML format, you can transform it into another format using XSLT or XSL-FO. This opens a lot more avenues with Word. It is amassing how much XML Word will generate, a ‘hello world’ file will write out 4 kb.

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