|SignWriting List Forum|
Greg Noel |
Date: Thu Jul 1, 1999 3:06 am
Subject: Re: Typing Left-Handed SignWriting
Trevor Jenkins wrote:
>Just a quick correction to Greg's otherwise excellent discussion of Unicode
>and SGML. My correction is "SGML is about structure, not about display".
>Whilst that may a subtle distinction it is very important.
This is a good point. I don't know that 'structure' is quite the right
word, but it's much closer to the spirit. ('Control' and 'discipline' are
other words that occur to me, but they're not right, either. I'm reminded
of _chi_, the Oriental center-of-balance, which combines structure,
control, discipline, speed, and balance. Good XML is like that.)
I originally had a paragraph that babbled about decomposing content into a
parse tree and binding nodes to concrete expressions, trying to get to this
point. (Yeah, I have a degree in Mathematics. How did you guess?) It
didn't make sense, even to me, so I replaced it with the typesetting
example. Hopefully, some of the flavor got across.
Hope this helps,
-- Greg Noel, retired UNIX guru