Re: Generic Tagging: A Bold Proposal

From: Martin J. Duerst (
Date: Wed Jul 16 1997 - 08:29:48 EDT

On Tue, 15 Jul 1997, Markus G. Kuhn wrote:

> The real problem that the people who want language tagging so urgently fail
> to understand is that they actually want a vendor independent standard
> WYSIWYG file format for word processing. Some people seem to believe
> that Unicode is a word processing file format, which it is clearly not,
> just as ASCII is not.
> The only real solution out of this is that we start to standardize a really
> nice extensible word processing format. There is no existing one! SGML
> is a completely different arena, and ISO's ODA has failed and just by its
> mere existence blocks any further work on word processing file formats
> within ISO/JTC1.

There pretty much is such a format. It is HTML (+ CSS). It will take some
more time to be fully developped, and maybe you will have to replace
HTML by XML, but it already has most of what you want, and the rest
(such as Math support) is in the making.

Regards, Martin.

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