Re: Node list notation for examples

Subject: Re: Node list notation for examples
From: Chris Maden <crism@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 11:45:41 -0500
[Tony Graham]
> Does anybody have a good notation for representing node lists when
> making examples of how to use DSSSL procedures?
> DSSSL (along with Scheme) has formats for representing numbers,
> characters, strings, and lists which makes it easy to write examples
> of how to use procedures.  For example, "Example 48" in section
> of the DSSSL standard contains:

I was just thinking about this while walking home yesterday.  This
would be nice not only for examples, but as a canonical representation
for debug messages.  Using Jade, "unknown object #<...>" isn't
particularly helpful; a canonical node list representation would aid

I think a shorthand for some of the crucial information could be
developed.  The node type, and the system data (for PIs and SDATA
entities) or GI (for elements) would be a start: "((element: PARA)
(pi: "troff .ti 75") (element: PARA))" is somewhat verbose, but more

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