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Re: Re: Keyboard shortcuts for links

On Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 08:15:27PM -0500, Norman Walsh wrote:
> / Nik Clayton <> was heard to say:
> | On Tue, Nov 21, 2000 at 01:35:23PM -0500, Norman Walsh wrote:
> | > / Dave Pawson <> was heard to say:
> | > | How about making the text version of an image mandatory?
> [...]
> | > 
> | > I think that falls under the umbrella of attempting to legislate
> | > morality. If authors are forced to put in tags, but not motivated to
> [...]
> | Maybe.  But how about making textobject a first class child of
> | mediaobject, and giving us a textdata element, analogous to imagedata?
> We've been reluctant because at least two other specifications will
> provide this ability: XInclude and XLink.

OK, but what about when my <textobject> is just ASCII art?  It'd be nice
to be able to write something like

      <!-- XXX Must remember to fire up xfig and create a graphic.  In 
           the meantime, include some ASCII art as a placeholder -->

        <literallayout class="monospaced">       _ _    
	 _ __ (_) | __
	 | '_ \| | |/ /
	 | | | | |   < 
	 |_| |_|_|_|\_\</literallayout>

[ I can't believe I just installed figlet for that ]

XInclude and XLink are also (as far as I can tell) XML, rather than
SGML.  I'm not entirely sure whether that means they'll be incompatible
with SGML, but if they are, it's not as useful as it might be.

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