Re: Venting

Subject: Re: Venting
From: Marcus Carr <mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 08:43:24 +1100
Guy_Murphy@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Now there might well be alternate terminology and methodlogy that
> could be
> used to express marginalia that would better fit a Web design
> paradigm, but
> why should the print designer be forced to fit into our shoes. It also
> warrant keeping in mind that when one considers the amount of books
> and
> magazine published, print design represents a very large market whos
> needs
> should not be ignored.

I think that part of the problem is that typesetting has always provided
a much richer set of typographic controls than we expect from the web,
so the ideal of automatic processing to print will in some cases never
be achievable. Information such as the kerning of lines is aesthetically
based and application dependent, so can't be stored in the XML anyway.

Granted, it's unlikely (for now...) that anyone will store fully
formatted advertisements as XML, but if you work forward from there
toward more traditional layout (a novel, for example), at some point you
will encounter a class of documents that benefit from XML but require
complex formatting. I assume that these are the documents that concern
you, but I suspect that the best support they'll get is storage in XML
and final formatting in an application. If the designer is truly
particular, that is probably what they want anyway.


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
       - Einstein

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