Please make LyX native language well formed and valid XML

Steve Litt slitt at
Sat Jan 16 23:36:57 UTC 2021

Over 10 years ago, the LyX native language was substantially
complexified, making programmed modification, in the name of turning it
into XML. But in the past decade, the move to XML was never finished,
leading to the worst-of-both-words situation where the native language
is very complicated to handle with a text editor or programmatically,
yet it can't be handled with an XML processor.

I'd always hoped that some day LyX would be a "write once, publish
everywhere" tool, so a single LyX document could be used for PDF, HTML,
XML, ePub, and anything else coming down the pike. And please don't
talk about LyX' html exports: The html they export is horrible,
bloated, non-semantic pidgeon HTML.

Having LyX native language be XML would allow write once, publish
anywhere, with programming a mere mortal could do. It was your goal a
decade ago --- could you please finish the transition?


Steve Litt 
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