Torsten Bronger <[log in to unmask]> wrote on
Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:59:34 +0200
> Boris Veytsman <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> > JS> Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 03:16:32 +0200
> > JS> From: Joachim Schrod <[log in to unmask]>
> > JS> -- Actually, IMO the main disadvantage of TeX markup is the
> > JS> shortage of skillfull people in the job market to implement that
> > JS> markup. That makes any manager worth his salary shy away from
> > JS> TeX. For me, that's the main reason to use XML, I find more
> > JS> people with the needed skills.
> > This brings the question, which I hope is NOT off topic here. Why is
> > the situatoion on the job market so skewed? I personally find TeX
> > markup much more "natural" and easy than XML -- why do most people
> > think otherwise?
> It's very very difficult to parse arbitrary TeX. And it is very
> difficult for authors to use a clearly defined subset of (La)TeX
> that a certain parser could understand -- everybody wants to
> "improve" the output with own fancy structures.
I don't know whether it's still around on the Net somewhere, but
several years ago someone posted a file named xii.tex
When processed under plain TeX it output the familiar "Twelve Days of
But the author, whose name I've forgotten but was a well-known
TeXpert, had managed to conceal all this under a maze of obscurity.
Anyone wanting to try their hand at writing something to parse TeX
should see how their program works on xii.tex
> Torsten Bronger, aquisgrana, europa vetus
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