Lots of information to absorb from a distance. I was interested to read this on the Longhorn SDK site:
A compound file is a form of structured storage originally created for Component Object Model (COM). "Avalon" uses this format to store documents, applications, and application data. When stored in the compound file format, documents, applications, and data benefit from a reduction of performance penalties and overhead associated with storage in a flat file.
Is Cairo in sight at long last?