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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>, ashvil@i3connect.net
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 09:04:42 -0500

The term you may be looking for is page integrity.  This 
was a requirement for eighties era print systems that 
relied on page breaks to ensure the index systems worked 
with change pages.  Essentially, because of the process 
of layout, indexes were late bound, that is, after all of 
the edits were done and tied to the page number.  This 
wasn't realistic for digital systems with just-in-time 
formatting to enable maximum reuse.  

This issue was one of the deadliest snakes of the 
CALS era in which 28001 and FOSI dominated the ROA 
citations and specs like 87269 and the view package 
drafts could barely get cited at all.   The 28001 
customer wanted page fidelity (necessary for legal 
documents), the vendors only wanted to contract for 
page integrity, and the IETM vendors did not want 
to contract for either.  It was the core schism of 
SGML followed quickly by "Thou Shalt Not Program 
with PointyBrackets".

"Orangutangs are sceptical of changes in their cages." Simon 
AKA, the rice bowl dilemma.

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

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