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Re: xml + style.

  • From: Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk>
  • To: David <dlee@calldei.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:12:22 +0100

Re:  xml + style.
On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:15:03 -0400
David <dlee@calldei.com> wrote:

> > For the sake of  argument, lets say the author and xml geek
> > sit down together and the author generates plain text, the geek
> > styles it via markup *selected by the author*, if she understands
> > tha italics means a medicine, fine. Then we have something like
> > <medicine s:use-attribute-sets='italics'>Asprin</medicine>
> > I'm choosing xsl-fo syntax for want of anything better.
> >
> >
> >    
> I'm not entirely sure what your question or intent is here.
> I do find this example intriguing as it is in some ways a simple 
> solution to 'overlapping markup' (well, as long as the overlaps start 
> and end at the same place :).
> It encodes as 'primary' the semantic markup ( "medicine") and encodes
> as secondary a presentation 'hint'  ("italics").  This implies
> elsewhere you might want to have medicine in bold instead ...

Yes, same way that XSLT uses this indirection, simply for efficiency.

> But I'm curious what your underlying question or point is.  Are you 
> asking if this is "good style" ? or "prevalent in the real world?" or 
> something different ?

I was asking if any other work has been done in this area.
It's largely been a sacred cow since XML, I no longer take
that view. 




Dave Pawson

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