[erlang-questions] Erlang as a tool for human communication -- was GUI development
Thu Dec 28 19:19:06 CET 2017
On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 6:11 PM, <lloyd@REDACTED> wrote:
> Hi David,
> ARC is an excellent example of the kind of human-facing application I've been striving toward.
> Content creators provide input; output is disseminated in many formats and through many media channels.
> But I'm imagining a Tinker Toy-like suite of Erlang libraries and applications that can be mixed and matched to build any number of purpose-built human-facing applications.
> And, I believe we have much in Erlang to work with toward that goal.
> I've been factoring, revising, and extending erlguten, for instance, into four components:
> 1. Copy input and management
> 2. Type specification
> 3. Page design and layout
> 4. Paste-up
> Each of these areas could have print and digital analogs. With careful thought to interfaces, they could abstracted into templates in the spirit of OTP.
Sounds great - Do you have any ideas on layout?
Layout seems to be badly addressed in LaTeX and HTML.
The idea of grid layout is central to typography. LaTeX happly breaks
and just says 'overfill box' etc. HTML reflows the text if you change
the page size.
What I'd like is to flow a simple marked up text (a la markdown) into
a grid box.
This should fail if the text does not fit the grid or overflow the grid.
What should the output be? - I guess postscript or PDF, now about SVG?
this would be good for layout etc. but font support seems a bit problematic.
It's an interesting problem.
> All the best,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "David Talmage" <talmage@REDACTED>
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:48am
> To: erlang-questions@REDACTED
> Cc: "Joe Armstrong" <erlang@REDACTED>, "Lloyd R. Prentice" <lloyd@REDACTED>
> Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] Erlang as a tool for human communication -- was GUI development
> On Friday, December 22, 2017 7:33:30 AM EST Joe Armstrong wrote:
>> The model of documentation I would like to see is:
>> - One author many eyes
>> - Beautiful output
>> - Easy to organise the input
>> - Low barrier for entry to comments
>> - Parseable document tree
>> - Extensible
>> The stages involved were
>> - authoring
>> - editing (this was chapter by chapter with an editor providing
>> feedback) - beta release (publish a PDF - this is the many eyes bit)
>> - final chapters and more editing
>> - proof reading
>> - final edit
>> - indexing
>> - layout
>> I'd actually love to know how a newspaper solves this - a decent newspaper
>> turns out tens of thousands of words per day - news articles are
>> written, proof read and edited in hours - commissioned articles are
>> integrated with the news and there must be hundreds to thousands of
>> contributing sources.
> The Washington Post uses ARC (https://www.arcpublishing.com/), a home-grown,
> web-based publishing system. It has an article editor (Ellipsis); CMSes for
> photos (Anglerfish) and video (Goldfish); a page layout editor (PageBuilder);
> and tools for analytics, personalization, user experience testing, and a lot
> more. They all work together seamlessly.
> The back ends are written in Java or another language that runs on the JVM.
> WaPo uses ARC and it sells ARC as a service to other newspapers. As I recall,
> The Globe and Mail in Toronto and Willamette Week are customers. Some other
> customers are named in an article on businessinsider.com: http://
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