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Rick Jelliffe scripsit:

> http://www.idealliance.org/papers/extreme02/html/2002/Rosenblum01/EML2002Rosenblum01.html
> has a survey of technical publishing companies, and how they do
> equations.

I think this passage highly relevant to the Walter Perry vs. Everyone Else

# 5.5 Transformation Location
# Highwire encourages customers to deliver content in the Highwire DTD,
# but they cannot require publishers who have their own DTD to deliver in
# Highwire format. When a DTD transformation is required, Highwire does the
# transformation, rather than the publisher, for several important reasons:
#    1. Publishers may not want to switch to the Highwire DTD as their
#    primary DTD because they use their SGML for additional purposes.
#    2. Most publishers are not interested in bearing the burden or expense
#    of creating SGML in a second DTD.
#    3. Highwire charges publishers a fee associated with setup of the
#    transformation to the Highwire DTD; however, this fee is less than
#    the cost of having the publisher build or buy a system to convert
#    the SGML themselves. It costs Highwire less than other organizations
#    to build this transformation because:
#        a. They are familiar with their own DTD
#        b. They can reuse pieces of other transformations (e.g., regular
#           expression pattern matching to identify linking elements)
#        c. They know the mission of their transformation intimately, and
#           can create the most efficient transformation to achieve
#           exactly that mission.
#    4. Highwire has greater control over the quality of the transformation
#    if they do it rather than someone else. Highwire uses a small team to
#    create software-driven transformations. By using a small team under
#    one roof, there is likely to be less variance in the SGML created
#    ("fewer hands, fewer errors"), allowing for a smoother flow of the
#    resulting SGML into Highwire's online presentation systems.
# While there are many advantages to converting SGML at Highwire rather than
# at the publisher, there is one significant disadvantage: if a publisher
# significantly upgrades their DTD, a full-fledged parser update, coupled
# with extensive integrity testing, is required at Highwire.
# Communication of DTD upgrades to Highwire, whether major or minor,
# is critical. In many cases, Highwire has only learned of a DTD upgrade
# through the failure of a file to parse, rather than through proactive
# communication from a publisher.

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