Microsoft readies XDocs for XML

Microsoft readies XDocs for XML

Microsoft Corp. next year will release an Extensible Markup Language component called XDocs for its market-leading Office suite. XDocs will have an Office-like interface and will integrate with Web services, a main focus of the Office of Management and Budget's enterprise architecture push. XDocs will support any customer-defined XML schema, according to Microsoft.

The federal government has about 42 agency groups currently working on XML for specific missions, listed at xml.gov/efforts.htm. Their goal is greater cross-agency data sharing through XML, which is a universal format for tagging electronic documents and forms so that they can be searched and reused easily.

Microsoft spokesman Keith Hodson said XDocs would work with all document type definitions, although he did not know of any specific agency DTDs being tested with the software. Fillable forms can be saved and edited offline with XDocs, and it will come with ready-to-use forms. No pricing or licensing information is available yet.

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