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[Axiom-developer] RE: noweb, pamphlets, and TeXmacs

From: Bill Page
Subject: [Axiom-developer] RE: noweb, pamphlets, and TeXmacs
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 15:00:24 -0500

On Sunday, November 24, 2002 2:22 PM Joris
van der Hoeven address@hidden wrote:
> [Bill Page] 
> > I think that Anthony Coates (see links above) has
> > already done quite an excellent job of defining a
> > simple set of tags and attributes. These could
> > probably be used almost directly as a model for
> > TeXmacs.
> Thanks for the pointers. Unfortunately, I could not
> find a detailed summary of the relevant *tags* being
> used.

Check out the quick sketch at

and also the more formal definitions at

> I really think that two or three well-chosen tags
> should cover everything that we want to do (w.r.t.
> tangle and weave; folding and such is yet another
> story). This is what we should discuss in my opinion.

I agree completely with your point of view. It is
essential to find some way to keep it simple the
way Norman managed to do with WEB. I think the
trouble with powerful (i.e. very flexible and
expressive) languages like XML is that there is an
urge to become less "humble" (in the sense of Edsger

   author = "Edsger W. Dijkstra",
   title = "The humble programmer",
   year = "1972",
   note = "Turing Award lecture; published as {\cite EWD:EWD340pub}",
   url = "";,
   fileSize = 473 KB

See also

I hope that his work will continue to inspire
et another generation of programmers.

Bill Page.

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