Re: separation of formatting...
Robin Cover wrote: > > I think these are ideas that don't apply, at least so obviously, > to programming languages. SGML does (did) have a religious aspect > to it, but provided inadequate formal means to guard its dogma. I don't believe that SGML has a dogma (though many practitioners do). It allows a better way of doing things, but it also explicitly allowed the old way (else, why processing instructions?). If the ISO WG believed completely in the "abstraction not formatting" mantra, then they would never have allowed the Standard Page Description Language to be developed. I think they believe: "abstraction, not processing instructions, when possible." Paul Prescod - http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco "Perpetually obsolescing and thus losing all data and programs every 10 years (the current pattern) is no way to run an information economy or a civilization." - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog http://www.wired.com/news/news/culture/story/10124.html 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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