Triangulating on Word 11 XML editing

It seems that blogspace agrees that the preview of Word 11's XML support is pretty exciting. Joshua Allen , Eva RÃ¥berg and Niklas Gustavsson , and Brad Wilson have triangulated on this point.

Next question: will Word 11's XML writing engine supplant the DHTML edit control, and the rich-text editor in Outlook, OE, and potentially other Windows mail clients? After all, TEXTAREA widgets and email messages are the source of many more keystrokes than Word. Putting a real structured-text editor into these everyday writing tools has always seemed like a major watershed to me.

Going further, isn't XML infastructure now standard enough so that all browsers on all platforms can offer a rich-text alternative to TEXTAREA -- one that does WYSIWYG XML?

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