separation of formatting...

Paul Prescod papresco at
Thu Apr 30 13:43:08 BST 1998

Robin Cover wrote:
> I think these are ideas that don't apply, at least so obviously,
> to programming languages.  SGML does (did) have a religious aspect
> to it, but provided inadequate formal means to guard its dogma.

I don't believe that SGML has a dogma (though many practitioners do). It
allows a better way of doing things, but it also explicitly allowed the
old way (else, why processing instructions?). If the ISO WG believed
completely in the "abstraction not formatting" mantra, then they would
never have allowed the Standard Page Description Language to be developed.
I think they believe: "abstraction, not processing instructions, when

 Paul Prescod  -

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