Re: LISTRIVIA: A bit of fun
At 17:53 18/12/97 -0500, Jim Harmon wrote: >Peter Murray-Rust wrote: >> >> At 11:39 18/12/97 -0800, Murray Altheim wrote: >> >PLEASE can you avoid having any fun. I have received private mail in >> >support of this view and I shall be very boring in pursuing this. It's not >> >difficult to avoid, and for most people it's a waste of time and money. >> >> My apologies to anyone who was offended, or whose manager was offended. > >I've been lurking on this list for months now. > >Peter's post is the first one I've actually copied to friends. > >In sight of the holiday(s), I think it's appropriate to lighten up a >little. > >Thankyou, Peter for the very entertaining post in a very staid topic >forum. > >(And thank you, everyone else, for having this forum. I learn from you >all, every time I scan a message.) Lets' put people out of their misery! And not let it escalate :-) Murray's post was intended in the same spirit and contained enough allusions to be interpreted that way. However, I wasn't *absolutely* sure and couldn't afford to post a humorous reply if it *were* genuine. So my reply was deadpan and covered all eventualities. [It is remarkable how easy it is to get entangled in farcelike situations in the virtual world. One of mine, which I dare not repeat, arose from a 1:10000 chance and let to an almost Shakespearean comedy.] Seriously, many SGML documents *do* look very similar to the middle of the posting. With catalogs, SGML declarations, entity sets, DTDs, parameter entities, etc. it is possible to obfuscate SGML documents pretty well. XML self-denies itself the first two, but the spec itself gets off to a good start with the "tricky" entity replacement. XLL adds the ability of Xpointers and SHOW="EMBED" to do some interesting transclusion. And there is always Unicode :-) So some limited examples could be educational.... P. > >> P. >> >> Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic >> net connection >> VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary >> http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg >> >> xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... >> Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ >> To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; >> (un)subscribe xml-dev >> To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; >> subscribe xml-dev-digest >> List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...) > >-- > Jim Harmon The Telephone Connection >jim@t... Rockville, Maryland > Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic net connection VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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