Michael Rossi wrote:
> Maybe so, but the W3C has already done this to some extent with XSL(T).
>haven't had a chance to think through this very well yet, but you've got to
>consider the potential to generate code from a metalanguage such as XML.
>there's platform-independence for you! And the possibilities for
>self-documentation seem equally attractive. Plus, look at how many tools
>out there already to generate Java classes/beans out of XML DTDs/Schemas.
In this vein one might investigate "literate programming" . There is an
email list for the intersection of this methodology and XML, called
"xml-litprog-l" on the eGroups service. I've misplaced my subscription
details, but based upon other such lists, i think all you need to do is send
a blank email to:
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And yes, there are many of us "sick-minds-think-alike" out here -- i used to
generate C and assembler source code using Lotus 1-2-3's formatted Print
command! Certainly off-topic for this list, but if there's anyone out there
who's similarly perverted, i'd welcome private email on the topic of
"generating software from spreadsheets".
Nik O, Teton Data Systems, Jackson, Wyo.
 I believe the originator of this phrase was Donald Knuth, in the
context of his TeX project -- now there's a serious endorsement of
_anything_ related to software development!