Re: Structured HTML (was: Is it possible to single-source online in HTML?)

Subject: Re: Structured HTML (was: Is it possible to single-source online in HTML?)
From: Arlen P Walker <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 08:53:00 -0500

If any browser manufacturer out there would support standard HTML (I'm thinking
particularly of the CSS standards) single-sourcing would be a lot easier (even
full support of CSS1 would be a help).

CSS markup includes instructions aimed at specific media types. For example,
you can place markup tags for forced page breaks in the document, which are
ignored when displayed on a screen but are honered when printed.

But, since no one is supporting those tags, single-sourcing is more difficult.
It will involve either:

a) migrating everything to SGML, and obtaining software to export from SGML to
your chosen media.

or,

b) storing your content in chunks in a database of some sort (Vignette and
Frontier come to mind in this context) and running specific applications to
assemble those chunks properly for each chosen media.


Have fun,
Arlen
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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