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From Dean Gaudet <>
Subject Re: List maintenance item
Date Thu, 07 Aug 1997 22:21:18 GMT
SGML source has the advantage that there are many tools that understand it
... and convert it to every format under the sun.

One big feature I want are those handy bars down the left side of the page
beside lines which have been modified since the last revision.  This would
be extremely nice for users upgrading between versions of the software. 
Doing this in html is probably very difficult ... I know you can whack
together something that would look this way as *output*, but it's probably
not easy to manipulate.


On Thu, 7 Aug 1997, Brian Slesinsky wrote:

> > NOTE:	Some people may argue that HTML is not a best format and I 
> > agree, so personally I do not care about the format per se, except that
> > the only requirement is that there are tools to convert that format to
> > HTML.  
> We'll probably need to tweak the design of the HTML pages and I think it
> would be a good idea to be able to do that without changing hundreds of
> source files.  That is: 
> source + templates => HTML
>                    => Windows docs
>                    => Postscript => PDF
>                                  => paper
>                    ...
> "source" could be HTML.  However, even if it is, the source HTML won't
> look much like the output HTML.  The source should be well supported by
> tools that convert it to whatever we want and easy to revise, while the
> output HTML might have Netscape tags, tables used for layout, or other
> impure stuff that makes it look good in a browser but isn't easy to
> edit or convert to another format.
> Anyway it looks like some people have gotten further along than us using
> SGML as the source, so I'd like to read what they've done before
> commenting further. 
> __Brian__

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