Re: Project Gutenberg markup

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From: Dave Long (
Date: Tue Mar 21 2000 - 19:28:44 PST

> > above) it's impossible to programmatically (and reliably!) add structure
> > into documents that are lacking it.


Of course, bibles, plays, mysteries, and dictionaries all have
different conventions for their implicit markup; these differences
may lend some evidence to the notion they shouldn't be forced into
a procrustean markup structure.

Note that all of these documents have structure; they just lack
a structure with the consistency that little minds or powerful
machines adore or require.

> It would probably take me 15 minutes with Perl. I don't think anyone
> could do it in 15 minutes with COBOL; perhaps two days.

How about with SNOBOL or SPITBOL?


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