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

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1/11/2002 3:35:49 PM, "Jeff Rafter" 
<jeffrafter@defined.net> wrote:

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

I'll gladly assent to the requirement that all words 
in the limerick be entries in the OED.

I had more or less the same algorithm in mind  -- 
use regular expressions to find the words, look them 
up in a dictionary to extract the syllables, compare 
the syllable/line count to the defined pattern ... I 
don't know how to check the rhyming, but I'd also 
assent to some trivial definition if there is no 
well-known algorithm or heuristic for checking 
whether two syllables rhyme.  I'm just not sure what 
XML (broadly defined) brings to the solution.

BTW, a Googling for this resulted only in a paper on 
Michael Sperberg-McQueen's W3C page, but the DTD 
punts on the hard problems and just has <dimeter> 
and <trimeter> tags.

I'm reminded of my original posting in this thread, 
which suggested that its inspiration for this 
contest came from somewhere about which Dante is the 
acknowledged authority ... I hope they're building a 
new Circle down there for the next person who 
sponsors such a thing!


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