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"William F. Hammond" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 12:53:34 -0400
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Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]>

> William F. Hammond writes:
>  > It is possible to fool ourselves into thinking that we are writing
>  > LaTeX when we are really writing SGML.
>  >
> now you are talking....

(Haven't I been talking this way for a year now?)

> it is an interesting issue of whether a long-established DTD like the
> TEI has enough markup to describe a 100-author CERN physics paper. I'd
> be curious to see the results.

In this TEI would be a transformation target, of course.

>  > Do either provide enough hooks for math?
> TEI and Docbook are both extensible, so on just plugs in MathML and
> pray for namespace support

We will need to control our own public namespace for use in areas that
lack temperature control, and we will want it to feel like the
existing LaTeX namespace even though it may contain some new names and
may lack some old names (unless we mount Herculean efforts to
accommodate all old names).

Customized inhouse languages will keep us all happy as long as we are
able to translate to the public thing.

>                            (somehow, the mathml people thought it was
> amusing to have "<list>" in their element set)

The constituency of math journal authors will only support rich enough
markup for bulletproof formatting to MathML as *an option*.  So MathML
is not the right thing to merge with either DocBook or TEI (not that I
have looked very closely at either).  The markup should be flexible
enough to accommodate lazy authors and rich enough to support those
who care about down-translation with MathML support.

William F. Hammond                   Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
518-442-4625                                  The University at Albany
[log in to unmask]                      Albany, NY 12222 (U.S.A.)          Dept. FAX: 518-442-4731

Never trust an SGML/XML vendor whose web page is not valid HTML.
And always support affirmative action on behalf of the finite places.