MS Word + HotDocs = Intelligent Document
A common definition forIntelligent Documentrefers specifically todocument assembly templates, such as are commonly built indocument assembly(document automation) platforms. More specifically, though, the termIntelligent Documentis also commonly linked to XLM-based document assembly templates. However, this distinction is arbitrary, at best, and misleading at worst, given the most common understanding of the word intelligent.
The problem begins with XML-based editors vs. MS Word, which has many times the formatting/page-layout/auto numbering/etc. types of feature sets as any XML editor. Put another way, Word is radically more intelligent by itself than XML editors. So from a pure word processing viewpoint, XML-based document assembly engines begin at a real disadvantage.
Now when you take into account that HotDocs, easily the most powerful, flexible, document-assembly platform, works inside MS Word, you really have to reconsider the existing definition ofIntelligent Document. Because in comparison to a document template built by HotDocs in MS Word, a template built in an XML-based document assembly application would be . . . well, let’s just say not so intelligent!