Showing posts from May, 2010

Microsoft DOCX format Epic fail

In case you want to know why DOCX is crap:

This is a sample of what I have to deal with:

<span style="color: #595959;"></span><span style="color: grey; font-family: 'swis721 md bt'; font-size: 44pt;">  </span>

That's right, Microsoft thinks that you need colour on nothing, then you need font and colour on spaces.  Now actually I am smart enough to know that in truth you want spaces to have a font so that if you wrote a sentence, then wanted to add a word and put in spaces for space you would need the spaces to preserve the font details.  HOWEVER in this case that information is page wide, no need for the document to be littered with crap.

You could argue that its only ever read by computers so why does it matter, it matters because its not only read by computers, XML is a human readable format.  If we didn't need that would would have just stuck the EDI Interchange documents (binary formats).

The EU Tax Office

What is interesting here is that in point 12 he talks about the eurozone coordinating on tax and spending. 

This is the first time I have heard about this without it being immediately followed by "Never going to happen".

With Greece being bailed out by the other Euro members, it might seem fair to those bailing out the country that they help manage the payback.  I could actually image France and Germany agreeing to a European Tax Office to collect taxes from all people in the Euro zone.