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   Re: [xml-dev] [ANN] XML Limerick Competition

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> Kick me out of the fraternity if you want, but I can
> imagine doing this input, validation, display job
> MUCH easier with procedural code than XML ....Can
> somebody restore my faith (which I almost had, for a
> minute there) in strongly typed XML and declarative
> processing?

Well, the OED is in SGML since 1998 (is there an XML subset yet?)-- with
that we could use Simon's Regular Fragmentations to pull the words apart at
the spaces. Then it is a matter of XPath lookups to find the matching OED
entries. Assuming that we have broken down those OED entries into their
syllabic parts (which is already done in the SGML) we will have a place to
go. We can determine stressed and unstressed syllables.

Although I am not sure about the fringe cases : e.g. "beema'"

There once were some XLim'rick docs
That were parsed into fragmented blocks
  Using property bags
  And XML tags
They were transformed and published by Wrox.

Jeff Rafter
Author: Programmer to Programmer: Beginning Limerick


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