Subject: Re: SGML
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 11:07:10 IST

Any feelings on SGML? Advantages, disadvantages?

** Disadvantages: It takes away your control over how the
text looks and how the text fits on the page. It demands
that you consider content without considering form, the
message without the medium.

It can lead to unrealistic expectations of portability
(wow, we can use our brochure as the introduction to
our reference manual, our reference manual as our
training manual, our training manual as our online help...).

And my specific pet peeve: If the importance of your
headings is not really in strict top-down order, there's
no way you can let the reader know.

(That may bear explanation. Suppose, for example, that
I am explaining functions one by one and that for convenience
the functions are grouped by category. Maybe the category is a
second-level heading and the function name is a third-level heading
but I want the function name to jump out at the reader; that's
what the reader is more likely to be looking for. I can't
convey the idea that a third-level heading should be more
prominent than a second-level heading.)

Advantages: It's sexy.

||- Mark L. Levinson, mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il -- Box 5780, 46157 Herzlia, Israel -||
|| You can't judge right by looking at the wrong. - Willie Dixon ||

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