Please make LyX native language well formed and valid XML
slitt at troubleshooters.com
Sat Jan 23 08:17:23 UTC 2021
On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:48:43 +0200
Dr Eberhard W Lisse <nospam at lisse.NA> wrote:
> I like XML out of principle, but besides that I find the tone of the
> request a bit over the top, especially for such a huge undertaking, it
> is rare to require LyX documents to be both manually and
> programmatically editable.
You're right, the tone was over the top. That being said:
1) The initial reason for complexifying the LyX native format back
around 2012 was to make it XML. I was opposed to the complexity at
the time. Now they have the complexity, but because it's not real
XML, you can't even parse it.
2) For a decade, LyX has all but ignored exporting **semantic**
HTML that can be used to create an realistically sized ePub with a
reasonable appearance and the ability of the author to change that
ePub with styles.
I'd say I've been pretty patient.
> Messing with the LyX file is admittedly difficult, why do it in the
> first place?
* Personalizing books I sell.
* VimOutliner to LyX converter.
* Renumbering of entities using Python scripts.
Another thing: The first 9 years I worked with LyX, altering a LyX file
programmatically was the simplest thing in the world.
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