Re: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions

Daniel W. Connolly (
Mon, 04 Mar 1996 16:50:53 -0500

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To: Paul Prescod <>
Subject: Re: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 26 Feb 1996 12:22:01 EST."
Date: Mon, 04 Mar 1996 16:50:53 -0500
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>

In message <>, Paul Prescod wr
>At 09:40 AM 2/24/96 -0500, you wrote:
>>A bunch of people have been asking for macros in HTML, ala cpp:
>>	#define copyStatement "Copyright (c) 1996, all rights reserved"
>>The other thing is that some folks want to be able to use expressions as
>>attribute values. I thought about defining a new media type, say text/ehtml,
>>where the lexical syntax of HTML is extended to include the lisp backquote
>>	<h2>Section `,(set! counter (+ 1 counter))</h2>
>>Anyway... just a few ideas I wanted to jot down before I forgot.
>How do these ideas fit in with your document [Toward a Formalism For
>Communication On The Web]

They clash like plaid on plaid.

But some folks want/need it badly enough for it to happen.

I think there's a time and place for turing-complete documents, but
it's NOT in HTML. Hence the new media type: text/ehtml.