[rescue] FrameMaker

N. Miller vraptor at promessage.com
Tue Mar 23 16:18:21 CST 2004

On Mon, 22 Mar 2004 14:29:01 +0000, "Lionel Peterson"
<lionel4287 at verizon.net> said:

> O'Reilly has very particular requirements for their authors w/r/t
> properly "marking" their text (see previous citation on ORA website), 
> and MS Word and FrameMaker support that marking (or "tagging"), 
> while nroff/troff are PAGE LAYOUT programs. All directives in nroff/
> troff (based on my minimal exp. with them) relate to presentation, 
> not content.
> O'Reilly wants to index and link to the text in ways that require certain
> tags to be useful, nroff/troff don't have that info, so someone would 
> have to add it after the fact.
> Anyway, that is my thought...

You could teach SGML classes, Lionel. :-)  

nroff/troff are derivative of early stand-alone computer based
systems that required the operator (not the content producer) to add
up which formatted the content for the printed page (the electronic
lent of putting lead type in frames, really).

XML, SGML, MIF, and to some extent, RTF (a moving target) and TeX are 
all mark-up languages that require/allow you tag content based on it's 
function in a structured document.  (I say require/allow, because it
on the focus of the people building the process--any of them can be more
or less structured depending upon how you use them.)

The advantage of a document marked up with structural tags is that it 
can then be processed for use in a variety of ways--from page layout
and traditional printing, to ebooks, other electronic storage (think
repair manuals/processes databases for military equipment, mil/civil

Having information in a non-proprietary form, with standardized mark-up 
also allows you to re-use your data later without the limitations imposed
by legacy proprietary formats.  Example: think about "ebooks" now, as
they are currently envisioned.  Now think about "ebooks" if "digital
comes to fruition.  

(another example: I still have all the 5.25" floppies from my early
career that have Wordstar documents on them--how the heck am I going 
to get them into a modern word processor without a lot of work?  Hell, I
think I even have CPM Wordstar data disks.  That oughta be

Structured mark-up languages happen to be things for which we can 
actually thank the US federal government--they were the ones to get 
the ball rolling in this arena.

  N. Miller
  vraptor at promessage.com

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