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[Gcl-devel] Re: xml and html parsers

From: Camm Maguire
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: xml and html parsers
Date: 07 Mar 2006 17:22:47 -0500
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Greetings, and thanks!

BTW, also thanks for your paper on a decision procedure for subtypep.
It is the basis for GCL's current algorithm, which appears to perform
quite competitively despite the implicit exponential behavior on cons
types (added to the standard after your paper).  GCL now passes all of
the rigorous ansi-tests in this area, which is key its new integration
at a deeper level into the compiler.

Take care,

Henry Baker <address@hidden> writes:

> Yes, XML is the "new" S-expression.  It has become the lingua franca of 
> "exchange formats" --
> e.g., formats of data that have to be exchanged among multiple vendors of SW, 
> HW, etc.
> For example, "rich text format" ("rtf") used to be the exchange format among 
> word processors,
> but Microsoft is now pushing a version of XML to take the place of rtf.  RTF, 
> by the way,
> uses braces "{}" instead of parens, and puts a backslash in front of symbols, 
> but is
> otherwise very lisp-like (I believe that the first version of MS Word -- 
> which was done on
> the Apple Mac -- was written in Lisp).  Some of the "rtf" files on my web 
> site were written
> directly in "rtf", rather than being written in Word first, and using Word to 
> convert into
> rtf.
> For example, if you have any interest in GPS (Global Positioning System) 
> information --
> e.g., waypoints, routes, tracks, etc. -- there is a GPX XML format for these 
> things that
> has become the de facto standard for exchanging this information.
> At 01:29 PM 3/7/2006, Robert Boyer wrote:
> >> Is this useful to other than web programmers?
> >
> >Beats the hell out of me, but Henry Baker, about whom enough cannot be said,
> >seems recently to be of the opinion that xml is the WOTF (wave of the
> >future).
> >
> >True story: A brilliant former UT student of mine, Dan address@hidden, once
> >asked me "who is this McCarthy guy and why is he claiming that xml is nothing
> >but Lisp?"
> >
> >Bob

Camm Maguire                                            address@hidden
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