Getting to grips with Custom XML

Doug Mahugh Doug.Mahugh at
Wed Apr 13 16:49:48 CEST 2011

I believe Alex's comment was in reference to the customXml element in the WordprocessingML namespace - Part 1, Section 17.5.1.  That element is not supported by any current implementations (that I'm aware of), whereas Structured Document Tags have been implemented by Word and other applications.

Making this a topic for discussion in Berlin sounds good to me.

- Doug

-----Original Message-----
From: Jesper Lund Stocholm [mailto:jesper.stocholm at] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:56 AM
To: Alex Brown; e-SC34-WG4 at
Subject: RE: Getting to grips with Custom XML

Hello all,

Just to be clear: we are talking about "Structured Document Tags (Part 1 29500:2011, 17.5.2), right?

Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Jesper Lund Stocholm

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Brown [mailto:alexb at]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:42 PM
> To: e-SC34-WG4 at
> Subject: Getting to grips with Custom XML
> Dear all,
> Should we be removing the Custom XML feature from OOXML? And if so
> Strict, or Transitional, or both?
> Since this technology does not appear to be currently implemented, and 
> seems unlikely to be implemented ever (I'd be keen to know if anybody
> information to the contrary) it serves no purpose in the standard -
> may in fact work against the interests of practical interoperability.
> Perhaps this could be a topic for Discussion in Berlin?
> - Alex.
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