Re: which came first: content or markup?
"Simon St.Laurent" wrote: > The dominant view at the moment seem to be that documents are composed > of nodes, and it's the nodes that are primary, not the content of those > nodes. Document structures are containers filled with content that must > fit precisely, not information added to a document to reflect its > content. > > I guess that's fine for what most people are doing, but it also means > that I'll have to roll my own tools. A content-first view doesn't seem > very popular in the XML world at present, and I can't say I see that > changing. Markup now seems to come first. I haven't ever used an HTML editor but I think this explains why I keep hearing that none really quite makes it. It probably also explains why so much HTML is generated by Word. People write their text, then add/change the formatting afterwords -- in Simon's terms, they paint the text with markup. It seems like a pretty natural way to view the world, even the data world. Put another way, nodes are for programmers; data is for users. -- Ron
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