> > I am not averse to rolling my own, I am just confused why, if environments >> are so powerful and flexible (flexible meaning one can easily change >> things, >> unlike document classes), there are no pre-rolled environments available. >> I >> am thinking here of standardized thesis environments for universities, or >> a >> nice letter environment to demonstrate the beauty of TeX. >> > > sure, but all organizations want it slightly different
Okay, but that does imply that an organization can set up an environment and expect its members to use it. > > Yes, I meant RDF. XML is a very important format. I find it odd that TeX >> can >> generate PDF but cannot output simple XML. So in order to have a >> semantical >> document I must write it in XML and then process it with ConTeXt? Is the >> capacity there (through LuaTeX perhaps) to write an XML generator? >> > > sure, but how useful is it to have a representation of (e.g.) a node list > that makes up a paragraph in xml format? no app can do something with it I'm not sure what you mean by a representation of a node list for a paragraph (I am new to TeX, remember), but I am thinking more along the lines of extracting Title, Author, and the content. Typesetting is not the goal, as XML is for computers not people. > maybe at some point the adobe and microsoft xml output formats become an > option (which then involves resources like fonts and graphics as well so > it's pretty bulky and one might wonder what gain there is) > The gain of XML is participation in the semantic web and concordance with many new data keeping rules in governments and organizations. While I would expect the reasons for wanting XML output would be obvious, a > concrete example is that at least one journal is deprecating LaTeX because > it wants to archive all of its articles in XML. > in which case it keeps the input in xml and converts to other formats (coule > be tex in the case of rendering print) The input is actually a specific version of Word. This is converted to XML. In the case of LaTeX, the LaTeX is converted to Word and then to XML.
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