Inline markup considered harmful? (was RE: question for a friend)
Richard Tobin writes: > Another solution, for some purposes, is to have two documents, one for > each hierarchy. Of course, you don't want to to duplicate the data > itself. We avoid this by using "standoff markup", which we implement > with XLinks (we have our own software to perform the transclusion > process). Way back in the 1980's, about 40 Internet years ago, the computer part Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) published a short monograph on this issue. I no longer have my copy, and remember neither the title nor author, but the premise was that inline markup like SGML should be considered harmful, and that out-of-line markup was much more flexible (since you can apply more than one hierarchy to the same content). Tim Bray knows the OED people much better than I do, and he might be able to provide more useful details and/or correct my possibly-faulty recollection of the thesis. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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