Silverlight: DOCX-to-XAML using TextGlow.net

by Jon Davis 10. March 2008 02:07

At http://www.textglow.net/ they've proven that Silverlight 2 and its CLR is flexible enough to be able to take a .docx file (that's a modern Microsoft Word document) and browse it in Silverlight. I am assuming it's converting to XAML under the covers, and even if not I'm sure that a Canvas object and its contents are serializable to XAML (yes?).

What I want to know is, if a Word document can be browsed in Silverlight, why doesn't Microsoft take this another nineteen miles and convert XHTML+CSS to XAML and make Internet Explorer 9 or IE 10 a completely WPF based renderer?

I know that's not nearly as simple as it sounds; there is a vast amount of complexity in Trident.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
 
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

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