Archive for August, 2009

Posted By Tommy

Patent on the obvious XML marking of documents

So if I have a stack of text documents, and I want to computerize them, I’m thinking XML might be a nice way.

So I take the raw text documents, and I start assigning my own XML code to the documents, but I keep the XML code in a separate place. That way, I will end up with a template for the XML.

After processing a lot of these raw text documents, it will become easy to process them. In fact, I4i did this exact process for the patent office. That’s what their patent means.

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What’s Twitter about?

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How to write a lot

Summary of Silvia’s “How to write a lot”
http://www.inspire.anglia.ac.uk/e107_files/public/write_a_lot_better.pdf

Posted By Tommy

How to write a lot

Summary of Silvia’s “How to write a lot”
http://www.inspire.anglia.ac.uk/e107_files/public/write_a_lot_better.pdf

SGML was the original design for all kinds of information interchange. It was specifically designed for documents, then XML as a subset was designed for Internet documents. Because Microsoft neglected to mention the history of XML, it basically was granted a patent for reinventing the predecessor of XML. In fact, XML is considered a subset of SGML designed for the Internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SGML

The MS patent is indeed a rehash of the SGML standard, nothing new except they switched the letters SG with X and forgot to mention to the naive patent clerk that there was a 30 year history behind XML. For example patent 4803643 (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4803643.html). If XML == SGML, then 4803643 is clear prior art. And since this 1987 clearly shows how to implement MS’s new patent that didn’t show how to implement one thing, it makes my eyes bug out my head!

MS pushed ISO to accept OpenOffice XML as the standard version, and now it is revealed that they were squatting on this very awful patent in terms of OOXML.

Microsoft Patents XML Text Documents