[erlang-questions] Erlang documentation -- a modest proposal

Richard A. O'Keefe <>
Mon Sep 26 23:56:55 CEST 2016



On 26/09/16 11:29 PM, Joe Armstrong wrote:

> As an *input* to a text processing system XML is great - the alternatives
> are LaTeX/TeX which has no defined parse tree - and markdown type things
> which have no defined syntax or semantics and involve a lot of guesswork.

TeX's greatest failing is that it's a Turing-complete programming
language.  That means processing it by anything other than TeX is
pretty much out of the question.

There is a document formatter which has, or could have, a defined parse
tree, and that's Lout.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lout_(software)
Lout picked up the idea of declarative documents from SCRIBE.


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