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On Wednesday 23 January 2002 01:42 pm, Mark Baker wrote:
> Ditto for every other task. A compound editor could activate an SVG
> editor in-place within a WYSIWYG XHTML editor. A compound
> compressor could activate compressors optimized for each namespace,
> yielding superior compression. etc..
Sounds like Fresco/OpenDoc/ActiveX et al. The "document-centric"
approach to computing much favored by Tog et al. Very nice for
presentation and for object reuse.
One of the problems with this is approach is the coordination between
different elements. Something has to organize these things into a
coherent whole.... the summarizer case you gave illustrates this
point. If the XHTML summarizer doesn't understand the SVG summarizer,
you may not get an accurate summary (for example, perhaps the XHTML
says "Be nice!" and the SVG says, in big bold letters "Go away".
Point being that while component-level processing is useful, you still
need to be able to manipulate the document as a whole too... they are