Re: Outputting arbitrary strings from Jade

Subject: Re: Outputting arbitrary strings from Jade
From: James Clark <jjc@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 1997 12:03:57 +0700
David Megginson wrote:
> Chris Maden writes:
>  > I'm engaged in an experiment to produce tagged MIF from Jade.  I know
>  > (or at least, I'm fairly sure) that I can make a series of paragraphs
>  > containing the appropriate MIF codes; if necessary, I can output that
>  > as RTF and then "Save as text" from Word.
>  >
>  > That seems unnecessarily complicated, though, but I don't think
>  > there's any way (right now) to tell Jade, "output these characters,
>  > and not a one more."  Can anyone prove me wrong?  It would make me
>  > really happy.
> I once hacked up a dumb backend for Jade that simply dumped raw
> characters to output -- I haven't kept it up-to-date with current
> versions, however, and am no longer certain that I even have the
> source file (it was under 30 minutes' work, however).
> The problem with something like this is that you will have to do some
> very expensive string processing to escape any characters that have
> special meanings in your target language.

I think the way to handle this is to have an "replace-chars:" inherited
characteristic specifying a list of characters that should be escaped
with the string that should be used to escape each of them, eg

  replace-chars: '("<&lt;" ">&gt;" "&&amp;")


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