Lark 0.92 available

Tim Bray tbray at
Tue Sep 9 08:28:23 BST 1997

Hi - Lark 0.92 is now available at

Pardon the quick releases, but thanks to Sun's JWS profiler, Lark 0.92
is now 11.9 times faster than 0.91.  Secondly, the accompanying "xh"
application, which formats the XML spec and related documents (including
what you get at the URL above) has been upgraded so that it now can
process the Japanese version of the XML specification and produce beautiful 
UCS-2 Japanese HTML output.  (Go to and download their
Cyberbit font if you want to see some damn nice-looking stuff on your 
screen - Netscape can do it, but be warned that Communicator 4 + Cyberbit 
between them will use all your memory, no matter how much you have).

When you can have a few tens of K of code do this kind of transformation 
on two violently different character sets, it bespeaks, I think, a couple 
of standards (Java and XML) in pleasing harmony.

The process of getting the Japanese formatting working would have been
completely impossible without all sorts of support and question-answering
and double-checking and pointing-to-useful-resources from Murata Makoto
of FXIS; many thanks to him.

Cheers, Tim Bray
tbray at +1-604-708-9592

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