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And if these nitwits are making a pun of a Bible verse, how about (bending over and) turning the other cheek (before the mighty MS boot comes their way)?
On the other hand there is Microsoft's past actions regarding them violating software patents and e.g, them letting the end users pay the price for their unwillingness to settle e.g The whole eolas affair where the users and us webmaster were forced into from 2006 till 2008 (after they finally licensed it anyway...)
So count me as neither a fan of the concent of software patents, nor of the way Microsoft behaves in relation to them.
"And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe."
Microsoft a few years ago might have dragged this out for decades, but now they will make an offer to drop all appeals and buy the company. An i4i attitude against MSFT might leave the other person blind ;)
Looks like it was issued by USPTO several months after the XML standard was published. WHile on the surface it talks about manipulating architecture and content separately (isn't that what CSS/HTML does), it makes reference to SGML as an example of what it is improving upon.
What the patent app describes appears to be something very different than XML, since it goes into great detail of how the metadata is stored separately from the document stream using pointers (yeah, another patentable idea), etc.
The invention does not use embedded metacoding to differentiate the content of the document, but rather the metacodes of the document are separated from the content and held in distinct storage in a structure called a metacode map, whereas document content is held in a mapped content area...
So who knows? Greedy patent owners trying to overreach their intellectual property, or something MS is doing on the software side of things?
[edited by: encyclo at 2:33 am (utc) on Aug. 13, 2009]
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Edit: it's probably the Federal District Court in Marshall TX. Apparently, according to a 2006 NYT article: "patent cases are heard faster in Marshall than in many other courts. And while only a small number of cases make it to trial — roughly 5 percent — patent holders win 78 percent of the time, compared with an average of 59 percent nationwide [..]"