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Martin Hensel <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 11 Jul 2003 11:50:21 +0100
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William F Hammond schrieb:
> Martin Hensel <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> > My conviction is that the current LaTeX syntax can be improved
> > with regard to legibility.
> Legibility is in the eye of the beholder.

Only at a very fine level. You may argue about this statement with
specialists in typography as well.
My issues were based on observations of human perception. For
different humans, this does differs only in very minor parts. Gestalt
phychology, for instance, is based the way we see our world. (If there
were three trees in front of a house, you still could regocnise the
house as one entity. [abc] In fact, is is very hard, if not impossible
to ignore it.)
Furthermore, nobody can deny that a text that needs additional
cognitive work (to apply a more complex system in order to be able to
determine the end of an entity), is harder to read.

> To say that your issues were addressed is not to say they were
> addressed in your way.

Of course, but I see only any attempts to improve the LaTeX syntax:
the ';' delimiter at the end of commands in order to get rid of the
space-after-command problem.

> >                                                    As far as I
> > understand GELLMU, this project tries to use the LaTeX syntax to
> > produce HTML documents,
> Really, _any_ XML document type.

Yes, I know. You removed a "for instance" from my quote.

> > with improving the LaTeX syntax. Maybe you can point me to the
> > correct page?
> For example, look at the source (suffix ".glm") of the manual in

The only difference to the LaTeX syntax I could see are the different
treatment of command ends

  \tex; Directory
  \tex; running with
  \sgml document types
  \item \bold{The \st.} \ This is a

and the possibility that a space after a command with parameters is
ignored (p. 11).

  \anch[href=""]{W3C} HQ,

Did I miss something else?

> Then a translation to LaTeX is obtained from
> that.  It might be possible to have a future LaTeX engine handle
> gellmu article source for a more direct route to dvi or pdf.

Of course it will be possible to write a GELLMU parser for LaTeX3.