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Re: Spans, and an RFI

From: Steven J. DeRose <sderose@inso.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 15:18:45 -0500
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To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 10:47 AM 03/11/97 -0400, you wrote:

>Request for information: what TEI xptr implementations are there?  And
>what do they implement?  I'm going to be *very* reluctant to
>vote for anything, no matter how cool & peachy-keen, that nobody
>is actually using.

I realized i never answered this one:

* Panorama has a reasonable subset, and their HyTime support is built on top
of the TEI xptrs (which i find rather gratifying).

* DynaText has support for both P1 and P3 version xptrs. I think I did all
the genetic traversals (but only did negative instance numbers for the easy
cases; that was just lack of time, tho, not a strategic decision; and didn't
do regexes within GIs and attrs; and I think i limited it to 10 attr/value
pairs or something (can we say 'in a hurry'? I knew we could)). Didn't do
TOKEN or STR because it's a pain to count them, esp. when you don't know if


gives one word or two (if X is ITEM or FOOTNOE it's two, if X is EMPH maybe
not). I didn't do SPACE or FOREIGN. Wanted to do PATTERN but didn't have
time to hook up a regex module, so didn't. Obviously ROOT and HERE. I didn't
do spans directly, but you can build them by calling the stuff i built twice
instead of once from your application.

Not sure who else has them, but aren't they like Thneeds?
Steven J. DeRose, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
Inso Electronic Publishing Solutions
   (formerly EBT)
sderose@inso.com                      <---- note new email address
Received on Wednesday, 2 April 1997 15:22:30 UTC

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