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Re: Mark-up languages

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Mon, 9 Nov 1998 09:35:54 +0000

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 Mark Steinberger writes:  >  > But you can't write MathML as i said before, thats what structured editors are for  > and XML in general has no macros, correct?  >  > It's horrible to contemplate writing in a language without macros.  > maybe you should expand on this. i find myself using macros *less* in documents these days, as i appreciate their disadvantages. of course i use short cuts (\def\X{this thing i am writing about}), but more complex stuff I delegate to the style file, and add another element to the DTD (as it were). as an example, I am in the middle of a book; we don't write \textsf(Perl)\index{Perl}, we write (of course) \PLanguage{Perl}. if that was in XML, I'd write Perl, and have it in a customization layer in the DTD [1]. Sebastian [1] your DTD has no customization possibility? then argue it with the designer, not the XML/SGML concept.