Other things I don't get (WAS: Re: A Joeish Erlang distributi on (long))

Mikael Karlsson <>
Wed Jan 29 22:50:57 CET 2003

onsdag 29 januari 2003 22:11 skrev Klacke:
> On Wed, Jan 29, 2003 at 08:40:43PM +0100, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Shawn Pearce" <>
> >
> > > XML has too few advantages to be used, but yet its everywhere, which
> > > is its biggest advantage.
> >
> > Having also struggled with XML, but in it's proper environment, I have to
> > say that there it does it's job well. The proper environment is text
> > processing. The predecessor SGML has been used for more than 20 years
> > with success, and I think that the heavy users won't switch to XML.
> Ho ho ho, When writing the Yaws documentation I thought --
> I'll have a crack at writing all the docs in XML and use the XML
> toolchain to transform that documentation to man pages and pdf docs.
> What can I say, NOT.
> Maybe I'll have another look at that stuff in 3 years or so.
> What a pain.
> /klacke

Ho ho ho ho,
Yaws compiles fine for me but not the docs, beleive it or not I do not have
all the TeX packages, dvips etc. installed (I wonder how the Windows 
folks do it?.) 
Now if you had written it in an xml document that could be parsed and 
transformed by xmerl, then Yaws could have been the engine to provide 
the docs on the fly, wouldn't that have been nice? All the code needed for
documentation production in Erlang? Just some stylesheets for man pages
and PDF missing :-). ->

But then again I guess it is not so much pain to write the doc in TeX then in 
XML? NowYaws has excellent documentation, did not mean to say
anything else.


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