Re: Giving up on XML

Subject: Re: Giving up on XML
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: techwhirlers <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:45:30 +1100

Mike Starr wrote:
> Ah and I create lovely structured documents using Word...
> Apply heading styles as appropriate then use Word's outline functionality to
> reveal the structure. Drag-and-drop and/or promote/demote to revise the
> structure.

Contrary to appearances, these are not actually
structured documents. For example, nothing prevents
you from putting a Head4 after a Head2 (something
our writers used to do in FrameMaker when they
didn't want the bigger font of a Head3 after
certain Head2 headings). The numbers refer to the
styling you've assigned to the heads rather than
to an actual structure, even though you are using
appearance to indicate a structure.

SGML, at least, enforces a DTD rule set that
prevents one from tinkering with structure
just for output effects, or with using *ahem*
personalized structures that do not match a
structure that has been decided on by the
entire organization as the standard.

-- Janice

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