The current issue of EPOdd (Electronic Publishing, vol 2, no 3)
has an article by Jacques André which I'd like to draw to
the attention of those with an interest in markup. Titled
<q>Can structured formatters prevent train crashes?</q>, it suggests
that one contributory factor in the train crash at the gare du Lyon in
June 1988 (in which 56 died and hundreds were injured through a
combination of failures in the braking system of an incoming train)
was that the maintenance manuals were not only difficult to use but
also contained a layout error in the part describing the braking
system. The article makes clear how a structured document editor
would have precluded such errors.
Incidentally, the article is apparently a translation of an earlier
version called <q>LaTeX ou SGML pouvaient-ils faire éviter
l'accident de la gare de Lyon?</q> published in a journal called
<q>Cahiers GUTenberg</q>. Does anyone on this list know of this journal?