Re: Non XML syntaxes
Rick Jelliffe scripsit: > http://www.idealliance.org/papers/extreme02/html/2002/Rosenblum01/EML2002Rosenblum01.html > has a survey of technical publishing companies, and how they do > equations. I think this passage highly relevant to the Walter Perry vs. Everyone Else meta-thread: # 5.5 Transformation Location # # Highwire encourages customers to deliver content in the Highwire DTD, # but they cannot require publishers who have their own DTD to deliver in # Highwire format. When a DTD transformation is required, Highwire does the # transformation, rather than the publisher, for several important reasons: # # 1. Publishers may not want to switch to the Highwire DTD as their # primary DTD because they use their SGML for additional purposes. # 2. Most publishers are not interested in bearing the burden or expense # of creating SGML in a second DTD. # 3. Highwire charges publishers a fee associated with setup of the # transformation to the Highwire DTD; however, this fee is less than # the cost of having the publisher build or buy a system to convert # the SGML themselves. It costs Highwire less than other organizations # to build this transformation because: # a. They are familiar with their own DTD # b. They can reuse pieces of other transformations (e.g., regular # expression pattern matching to identify linking elements) # c. They know the mission of their transformation intimately, and # can create the most efficient transformation to achieve # exactly that mission. # 4. Highwire has greater control over the quality of the transformation # if they do it rather than someone else. Highwire uses a small team to # create software-driven transformations. By using a small team under # one roof, there is likely to be less variance in the SGML created # ("fewer hands, fewer errors"), allowing for a smoother flow of the # resulting SGML into Highwire's online presentation systems. # # While there are many advantages to converting SGML at Highwire rather than # at the publisher, there is one significant disadvantage: if a publisher # significantly upgrades their DTD, a full-fledged parser update, coupled # with extensive integrity testing, is required at Highwire. # # Communication of DTD upgrades to Highwire, whether major or minor, # is critical. In many cases, Highwire has only learned of a DTD upgrade # through the failure of a file to parse, rather than through proactive # communication from a publisher. -- A mosquito cried out in his pain, John Cowan "A chemist has poisoned my brain!" http://www.ccil.org/~cowan The cause of his sorrow http://www.reutershealth.com Was para-dichloro- jcowan@r... Diphenyltrichloroethane. (aka DDT)
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