On Mon, 2004-06-28 at 23:05, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:>
> so why not provide people with the format they want? deliver proper XML
> to empowered people ASCII to others. Don't give them <> stuff if they
> don't have the tools to process it
Er, but that's exactly what we're going to do. Currently it's SGML or
HTML or plaintext. Once we have the documents in XML it'll be pretty
much any format they want. That's the objective, anyway.
> then they need to be able to do XML.
Of course. Those that want to use the XML get the docs in XML.
> its just madness in 2004 to pretend its an ASCII file with < and > at
I don't think we are suggesting anyone should do this.
> using what, DOS? Windows 3.1? if so, then they have even greater
> problems that a few TEI XML files :-} they can run Linux, of course.
I believe so. I have a copy of RH 5.2 that should be OK on a 386.
If they call for help that's what I'd recommend (although I'm happy
to be advised if it ought to be 4.x or something else instead). But
right now the handful I know are using OEMACS with psgml quite
> you don't need XSLT2 for that (unless you want named entities).
Right. That would be important. As I just said, memorising large
numbers of numbers is a burden I wouldn't wish on anyone.
> in XSLT1 you *could* do named entities with a long and painful
> set of substring matches.
Hence I'd rather avoid the problem altogether and keep the master
in a format which preserves the character entities and generate
proper Unicode files from it. Until such time as we're happy all
the users can handle them without problems.
Telling users they can't do their research because we just moved
all the files into a format they can't handle is not an option,
in a field where most of them had never laid eyes on a computer
until a few years ago, no matter how much it goes against the grain.
> >What's he been smoking and can I have some :-)
> >I have real live customers doing real live work with XSLT.
> I believe all the the action is on some other list with the acronym DM.
> I am sure some TEI-Lers are on it too. I just hear second hand occasionally.