March, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
  • Doug Mahugh

    Microformats and Open XML

    Like most people, I hadn't heard of microformats a year ago. But now the concept seems to be gathering momentum. Microformats have their limitations, but they offer a practical way to solve a common interoperability problem: how to add structured data to existing documents (typically HTML) without changing the underlying schema or breaking existing implementations. The basic concept is that a microformat is a set of "class" attributes that can be added to spans in an HTML page to tag content with...
  • Doug Mahugh

    Interoperability: what's in a name?

    Interoperability is one of those words that means different things to different people. We all agree that it means something like "the ability of systems to work effectively together," but beyond that our agreements get murky at best. Consider, for example, the classification of of business products and services into "horizontal" and "vertical" markets, as shown here: The fundamental concept is that a vertical market encompasses all the business activity within a specific industry (healthcare...
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