[lug] anyone familiar with Word file format issues?
bgiles at coyotesong.com
Thu Mar 14 00:54:13 MST 2002
> I'm curious, if I were to write a library that outputs some document
> style as Word, has anyone heard whether MS would try to file a lawsuit
> to stop it (think conversion utility)?
That could be an interesting court case. How could you claim that
something infringes on your format if you have never publicly documented
It's a similiar argument to the one that you can't protest someone
breaking into your system unless you clearly identify that who owns
it - an "no unauthorized users" banner is meaningless if I reasonably
believe that I've connected to my own system.
> Though I suspect it wouldn't be
> practical, the standards for it probably are not published, or if so,
> probably incomplete or out of date.
RTF format is documented, and there are some tools that can generate
RTF output. I've also been playing with some ingest tools - the format
isn't complex, but it was obviously written by someone who has never
written parsers. (Correction: never written LALR(1) parsers with
tools like yacc/lex.)
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