Going beyond TeX (was Re: [OS X TeX] Using OTF-fonts for TeX)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue May 16 08:16:07 EDT 2006

On May 16, 2006, at 7:54 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Agreed! My impression (keep in mind I'm not especially competent on  
> these matters) is that TeX will have at some point to catch up with  
> SGML and its derivatives (XML, HTML, MathML, etc.), and of course  
> with Unicode, in order to merely survive. XeTeX and Omega are  
> certainly important steps towards Unicode. I hope LaTeX will  
> provide bridges towards SGML input and output; ConTeXt possibly  
> does already, I cannot say as I haven't found the time to try it yet.

Typesetting SGML (or XML if you want the cleaned-up, stripped-down,  
gussied-up version with the sexy name and marketing appeal) is  
straight-forward enough and has been tackled in a _lot_ of ways (most  
notably ConTeXt as you indicated --- Hans Hagen has done some  
fabulous presentations on this for TUG and the articles in TUGboat  
are pretty cool as well), for a more nuts-and-bolts approach look up  
Jeff McArthur's writings on this (for TUGboat and posted to usenet  
ages ago).

The most interesting LaTeX/author-oriented one to my mind is Robert  
Hammond's GELLMU, but it's also notable that LyX can work as a  
docbook authoring system as well.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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