Got to love it when one standard says to either use a date format like CCYY-MM-DD or CCYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ and the other says only CCYY-MM-DD is allowed. In this case the outside XML container uses the verbose granularity whilst the encapsulated part only uses the small ISO 8601 variant, of which MM and DD are optional too.
I recently had the pleasure to provide the Genshi project with the name. It comes from Japanese 原糸 which means a ‘thread for weaving’, which matched the purpose of the project well.
The files I perused were actually in a zip format so that would explain the binary mode (not that was evident from the extension).
Looking at the format it seems reasonable XML, I just wonder why they needed to brand it as ‘OpenXML’ though…
I took a look at the files and they’re in binary format. I thought that for most office applications, especially word processing, we were leaving behind the world of binary encoded formats and moving to XML?
Given the fact how the world is massing behind the Open Document initiative this move of Microsoft’s seems to be nothing but PR and marketing. Especially given how the OASIS Open consortium and the Open Document community have now pushed this forward to become an ISO standard.