Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Gather information. Not only can you create documents based
on XML that prompt users for specific input, you can also use the
new Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 technology to put XML to work
in highly structured, dynamic forms for data gathering.
XML for Businesses
If you’ve been concerned about the long-term data-management considerations
your business is facing, you already grasp the benefit of having an open
international standard for data exchange. XML gives you a simple, usable form in
which to store your data—one that will be around as long as you are. Your data
can be ported into various applications and platforms, and will eventually be
used in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. With the help of solutions
developers, the continuing work of the W3C, and the increasing adoption and
integration of XML support in major worldwide applications like Office 2003,
XML will rapidly become the common denominator for business data
exchange—interdepartmentally as well as across industries and nations, and
around the world.
Here are a few of the specific ways XML can help businesses work smarter
and more efficiently:
XML data enables businesses to save data once and use it many
times, in a virtually unlimited number of applications.
XML is flexible so that solutions developers can create specific
schema and applications based on the needs of individual businesses
and industries.
XML is an open international standard, enabling businesses to
develop data-management applications with off-the-shelf tools and
avoid costly licensing fees.
XML enables businesses to access and use legacy data and safeguard
today’s data for future use.
Familiar interfaces (such as Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Access 2003)
make it easy for end users to work with XML applications without
retraining.
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