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Re: Removing XHTML saving from ReSpec?

From: Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:35:56 -0500
Message-ID: <512CC84C.9020005@w3.org>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
CC: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>, "spec-prod@w3.org" <spec-prod@w3.org>
Robin Berjon wrote:
> For (1) there's Michael's objection that he likes to post-edit in an
> XML editor. I'd love to hear about what kind of post-editing we're
> talking about because the point is sort of that there shouldn't be any ;)
There can be any number of reasons to need to post-edit the result of
automatic generation. A couple that I've had to deal with recently on a
repeated basis:

   1. Respec outputs some weird attributes like 0="" which cause the
      document not to validate and that weren't present in the source
      document, so I have to remove those.
   2. Respec puts a paragraph with public comment instructions in the
      Status section that is not compatible with our process. I always
      have to remove that; the correct instructions are in the custom
      paragraphs I add to the status.
   3. There are times I prefer to tweak aspects of the output like the
      heading number format, or sometimes the TOC should go to a deeper
      level for some sections than others (in particular, appendices
      usually don't need the depth in the TOC that mainline sections
      do). I don't expect it will be possible to predict and provide
      configuration options for every scenario like this. We should just
      always expect there there might be a need to edit the output.


Michael Cooper
Web Accessibility Specialist
World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
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Received on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:39:11 UTC

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