# Re: Progress on the MS Word to LyX conversion (xml)

On 28.07.08, Steve Litt wrote:
> On Monday 28 July 2008 01:10, John McCabe-Dansted wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 4:43 PM, Manveru <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > > To the discussion about data format preference:
> > >
> > > ... Have you ever merged XML? I tried - it is horrible work.
> >
> > I don't see why it would be harder if we "just replace \begin...\end
> > with <>...</>".

> Trouble is, replacing \begin..\end with <>...</> is a hack.
...
> There's no such requirement in XML, and if we require it, that's a
> hack.

I'd call it a layout convention.

IMO it is perfectly legal to define the lyx file format as

... uses XML ...
... is laid out in a manner to facilitate processing by tools that
operate on a line basis (grep, merge, sed, awk, ...)
...

Günter