Microsoft patents using XML for word processing

Slashdot is reporting that Microsoft has patented using XML for storing word processing documents.

The problem with this is that XML — and its predecessor SGML — were designed for sotring text with markup; that’s why they’re called “markup languages”. So using them to store word processing documents is pretty much what they were designed to do.

So if this is an invention, then I should be able to patent the “invention” of using a car to make journeys in, because it is just as “inventive” and “non-obvious” as this “invention” from Microsoft.

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