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Old 12-16-2007, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default XPS Viewer for Windows 2000 or Office

Anybody know of an an XPS viewer for IE6 or Office 2003 in Windows 2000?

Microsoft had one for Windows 2000 in the XPS Essentials Pack, but withdrew W2K support when it left beta status.

Since there are still lots of W2K computers out there, somebody most likely has or will create a solution.

Price is unimportant.

   
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:36 AM   #2
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Anybody know of an an XPS viewer for IE6 or Office 2003 in Windows 2000?
I use Windows 2000 but I don't have a clue what "XPS" is or why I would want to view it - can you explain, please?

   
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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I use Windows 2000 but I don't have a clue what "XPS" is or why I would want to view it - can you explain, please?
Since it's a style sheet mark-up language developed by W3C (I can't remember if the X stands for extensible or expandable), you might be somewhat ashamed—but only somewhat. It's related to XAML (applications mark-up). These X things are getting out of hand.

   
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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XPS is MS' "pdf-killer".

Kill? I think not. Make PDF go "ouchie, that stings"? Probably not even that, if it's only readable on Win XP or later.

   
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XPS is MS' "pdf-killer"
It isn't just that. Here is ECMA's initial description:

'The goal of the Technical Committee is to produce a formal standard for an XML-based electronic paper format and XML-based page description language which is consistent with existing implementations of the format called the XML Paper Specification (XPS).'

Since however PDF has just become an ISO srandard, David will need something bigger than a stone in his sling to kill Goliath.

(By the way, I got mixed up with XSL, which is another X thing, also based on XML, but different.)

   
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MS seems to have positioned it initially as David to Adobe's PDFGoliath. Now that they've been "saved" (or at least are putting on a good act), they seem to have turned XPS over to ECMA for further development and possible adoption as a standard.

If that happens, and if MS really does go along with it, and if it's well implemented, it could turn into something very useful; but for it to displace PDF, there must be at the very least readers for a far wider variety of systems than MS seems ready to produce.

Interesting times, no question.

   
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for it to displace PDF, there must be at the very least readers for a far wider variety of systems than MS seems ready to produce
PDF uses (I think) Postscript, but it seems that anything that doesn't use XML is old hat. And isn't a file in PDF normally read with the aid of a program that's given away by a firm whose name begins with A?

   
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PDF uses (I think) Postscript, but it seems that anything that doesn't use XML is old hat. And isn't a file in PDF normally read with the aid of a program that's given away by a firm whose name begins with A?
Adobe and several others. But I don't understand how that relates to my point ... that for PDF to be displaced by anything, the AnythingReader should run under several versions of Windows other than what MS is pushing at the moment, as well as Mac and ideally a few versions of Linux/Unix.

   
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And isn't a file in PDF normally read with the aid of a program that's given away by a firm whose name begins with A?
Given that it now carries ads, it's no longer exactly "given away"; and however small, they're distracting. And it's a memory hog - I'll explore alternatives soon.

   
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What, Adobe Reader does?

   
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