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   Re: [xml-dev] "Smart ASCII" -> XML for authoring?

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On Sat, 2002-02-02 at 13:11, Mike Champion wrote:
> I'm of two minds on this ... on one hand it sounds like a return to 
> the Bad Old Days and will require continuing human intervention to 
> cleanup the inevitable not-so-smart ASCII before it can be converted 
> to XML rather than one-time human intervention to teach markup skills 
> to the authors.  On the other, it leverages what humans do best -- 
> deal with patterns, templates, informal conventions -- and lets 
> computers do what they do best -- generate and parse formal syntaxes, 
> putting XML further behind the scenes, perhaps where it belongs.

This is a lot of where I hope to go with both Regular Fragmentations and
MOE.  Right now both only work in contexts where the information arrives
in an XML-like environment - SAX2 - but I'm hoping to evolve them toward
an environment which accepts lexical conventions other than XML and can
present them in a 'canonical markup view' or somesuch which happens to
be XML.

I'm starting to think that XML is canonical for markup.
Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!


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