Re: What is a text? (was Re: Back to Principle 1)

What appears to be essential is a set of lexical elements, and a grammar.
Thus, one could write a guideline which says:

"Where possible, content should be stored using a symbolic representation
(E.G. as text or in an abstract notation), rather than in a purely
prsentational form, such as a bitmap or vector diagram, or a sound file,
etc. The presentation should be derivable from this symbolic basis."

However, this would probably be confusing at best and misleading at worst,
without substantial clarification and explanation, which would in turn
defeat the purpose of writing succinct guidelines.

Received on Monday, 17 July 2000 02:19:38 UTC