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"Have you estimated how much time it will save?" I asked, thinking of how the tool would minimize a writer's need to write and manage SGML tags and how the resulting time savings could give a writer more time to devote to writing well.
Generic Markup in the form of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) or its parent language Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML) is a key constituent in most Content Engineering projects.
Structured Generalized Markup Language (SGML): The international standard for defining descriptions of structure and content of electronic documents.
HTML was formally specified as an SGML DTD in 1992, giving the HTML specification a context in which further expansion was possible, though it also conflicted with sentiments in the early Web community.
* Extensible markup language: XML solves many of the problems of SGML and HTML.
By calling chapters, paragraphs, quotes, bibliographic citations or any other structures by names assigned directly to them, one may use computer programming to format them on the screen or page, search for them or through them separately or together, index or list them; and if the encoding is a supported standard such as SGML, one can use altogether different programs to automate these tasks.
SGML tagging permits interfaces to search for specific document components.
Lowell Thomas, a Sacramento-based systems analyst and former SII staffer who is developing conversion software, says HGML is "the upper limit to which SGML improvements are converging.
"Results so far show that SGML tagging is very mature but we have some difficulties sending vector graphics," Duhig said.
[Design.sup.*.Express] accepts document formats such as ASCII and binary files, screen images, IGES, CGM, GKS, GIF, SGML, and NAPLPS files.
When Tim Berners-Lee's simple HTML exploded in popularity in the early 1990's, XML was devised as "SGML for the web." SGML's flagship document application, DocBook, was converted to XML in 1999.