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RE: Conversion between table models

<answer id="pragmatic">
'cause Adobe have based their FrameMaker on CALS...

We have to (1) process data that are sent through a process of typography.
The tool we use to fine-set the data is FrameMaker+SGML.
On the other hand we (2) sell solutions to industries, e.g. that want to
create their technical docu out of XML by using FO. FO, as far as we of
abc.Media reckon to have understood, has its own  as I said in my previous
mail: PDF-oriented  table model.
We wouldn't like to create a different table model in XML than we do in
SGML. Therefore, we're looking for something really smart and wide-spread...

<by the way, religious...>

Privately I am in the process of launching a Christian,
open-to-common-ecumenical-effort, German-language internet activity. I can't
do it all by myself. Anyone interested for the technical aspects?



At 12:05 PM 16/08/01 +0200, Matthias Fischer wrote:
>I have to decide according to which table model my company wants our
>customers to produce XML data. Basically, we would prefer CALS tables, but
>FO prefers  at least, this is the way it appears to me at the moment  a
>PDF-oriented approach.

<opinion class="religious">
The HTML table model is inherently better.  The only things that
CALS can do that HTML can't are idiosyncratic and complex things
that usually are bad typesetting practice and almost never can
be presented effectively on-screen.

I've often thought that HTML per se was a pretty ordinary
document markup language.  The table model is the exception;
it's comprehensible, flexible, powerful, and just kind of
generally does what you need.

<question class="genuine-interest">Why on earth would you want to
use the CALS table model?</question> -Tim

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