Is anybody working on ...
Is anybody working on creating an abstration for preserving formatting information inside or along with SGML documents, in cases where format really is part_of the information. Two examples where such an approach might make sense could be: Examples: 1) K-12 textbooks 2) Printed survey forms for large market research firms. In example 1, there's a pedagogical relationship between text and illustrations. It occurs to me that a relationship this critical to the purpose of the information certainly isn't throw_away. In example 2, there's a value in preserving both page fidelity and page integrity if information is moved from one digital format to another, so that inconsistent or erroneous data isn't collected. (What I'm trying to say here is that if they move to SGML, questions on a page can't move undeterminately as it will throw questions in to the reliability of the data collected.) In examples 1 and 2 above, in fact format is part_of the knowledge one would want to capture about the content. I wonder if perhaps there's a place for a level of abstraction, SGML expressed, that is about_format although not necessarily processor specific. It occurs to me (although I must plead a very slender thread of evidence in this regard), that Hytime syntax would lend itself to modelling such abstractions. Since some of Hytime is included in the XML set of specifications, I think this mailing list is a good place to post this question. Cynthia Shern Product Specialist Arbortext, Inc. 1000 Victors Way, Suite 100 Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (734) 997-0200 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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