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Re: From WordprocessingML inline styles to nested inli

Subject: Re: From WordprocessingML inline styles to nested inline elements
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 11:35:50 -0400
Re:  From WordprocessingML inline styles to nested inli

At 05:53 AM 3/22/2007, you wrote:
I subsequently picked up your term of "meta-stylesheet" in order to convey this piece of information I hadn't given in my original message: The inline styles transformation code I was looking for will be part of an operating stylesheet that I am generating via XSLT, hence using a meta-stylesheet - in the "real", conventional meaning you have taken care to distinguish from the meaning you gave it in the lines above.

Yes, not a problem. I probably shouldn't have called the solution offered a "meta-stylesheet" at all since I wasn't using that term in the way it usually is. The only thing "meta" about David's and my approach is that it takes a step back from the usual paradigm of mapping input to output, instead using the input as a configuration or "driver" for a transformation from an internal input (your styling specification) to an output.

But as soon as things go "meta" ("after" or "along with"), they can become confusing. See the meta-thread alongside this one, about recursion.

Recursion or reflexivity comes in for a very interesting treatment in George Hansen's mind-blowing book, The Trickster and the Paranormal. The only boundary, it seems, that Hansen leaves out of his discussion of boundaries and boundary crossing is that between the human and the machine. Which makes it wildly off topic for this list even if germane to the discussion. :->

Thank you again for your time and your valuable help!

Sure -- that's what the list is for.


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