Re: Free PageMaker-style program?
Jason Gunthorpe <email@example.com> writes:
> On 20 Nov 1997, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> > That's an idea. I'm planning to write it this way:
> > 1. Design a script-like language that can be used to fully specify how
> > an output page should look. This will be the equivalent of TeX for
> > desktop publishing. This step I am partway through with--but I'm
> > still seeking ideas.
> Hm, something like that is already done. Look at the DSSSL spec, it can
> completely specifiy the formatting of SGML documents
I looked at this and I don't think DSSSL is what I want. Sure, it
describes the contents of a page quite nicely--but it's Turing
complete; it's not suitable for a interactive editing tool.
> > 2. Write a program that translates this output language into
> > PostScript. This will be, I think, the easiest part of the whole
> > project--PostScript is well designed for DTP.
> This isn't done, if you could write a DSSSL engine for postscript you
> would be worshiped as a god :>
I think I will leave the god business to someone with a bigger ego :-)
> Unfortunately the above may not be well suited to an interactive
> formatting system like pagemaker. But if you could design an interactive
> DSSSL generator.. Well, lets just say -very cool- :>
I'll keep the idea in mind but it's not what I was thinking about
originally. Still, it's intriguing...
Ben Pfaff <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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