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Re: [Texmacs-dev] XML

From: Joris van der Hoeven
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] XML
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 19:27:47 +0200
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On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 09:41:55PM +0200, Bas Spitters wrote:
> Joris wrote:
> > We plan to let TeXmacs evolve into an XML editor with dynamic XSL support.
> Just to satisfy my curiousity: Could you elaborate on what your plans are in 
> this direction?

I wish to proceed in two steps:

  1) Develop more tools for writing converters to/from standard XML formats.
     This should lead to more insight about was is practical and really wanted.

  2) Make the TeXmacs stylesheet language more abstract and replacable
     by other stylesheet languages. At this point, it should become much
     easier to manipulate XML data formats in a native way.

Both 1 and 2 will benefit from the concept of "contextual overloading",
which I started implementing this week. The idea is that all scheme
functions and most data in TeXmacs can be redefined in new contexts.
So a function like "insert-return" could be redefined in a different way
if we are editing an Html document.

However, 2 requires a lot of other prior reorganizations, so that will
not be for soon. On the other hand, 1 will be worked on slowly but surely.

Notice that using XSL is also possible as does Felix Breuer.
Recall that we still should replace entities &char; by markup
<tmsym>char</tmsym> or <tmsym name="char"> in the TMML format too.

Best wishes, Joris

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