## RE: syntax feedback

 Subject: RE: syntax feedback From: Sebastian Rahtz Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 15:18:43 +0000 (GMT)
Didier PH Martin writes:
>
> This is true that Jade implementation do not support the full spec. But to
> say that it is has a limited range of incomplete backends is maybe a bit

- RTF, which does not do eg footnotes or floats
- MIF, which does not do math
- TeX, which does not get tables right
- SGML, irrelevant for this point
just to pick some points at random

I know, trust me, the weaknesses and incompleteness of the TeX
backend; I have nightmares about it.

> If we compare oranges with oranges no XSL implementations, up to now, allows
> us to convert from XML to something other than XML or HTML. So, it seems
nonsense, you can use XSL to write anything. make it write literal TeX
if you want with eg XT.

> As far as I know, people are doing _real_ stuff with jade and this includes
> printing.

up to a point, yes. what might one classify as docbook documents',
like software documentation or manuals. not very challenging stuff,
really, compared to what the typical LaTeX user does every day. When
you can easily do the same with DSSSL as LaTeX does with

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\begin{document}
foo\footnote{blah}
\begin{table}
xxx
\end{table}
\end{document}

then we'll be on the first rung of the ladder. you can *nearly* get
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