Word 2003 namespace change 

While preparing for my Tuesday demonstration of XML features in Office 2003 I found out that Word XML namespace changed from: http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2003/2/wordml to http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2003/wordml.

It's not that I'm opposed to changing beta-time namespaces but all my documents, saved in Office 2003 beta2 as XML, won't open up properly in Office 2003 RTM. I have to change them by hand.

Another thing that pops a question is: What if Microsoft releases two Word versions within a year that need different namespaces? That has not happened yet, but this kind of namespace naming convention is not as flexible as a standard year/month, W3C like one.

Changing the namespace to http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2003/10/wordml would break things too, but wouldn't brake the convention.

Conventions, especially namespace declarations, carry a semantic meaning and one should avoid breaking them.

Categories:  XML
Sunday, September 28, 2003 7:58:23 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


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