[tmql-wg] Proposed new requirement: Ability to produce textual output
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 00:18:55 -0400
From: "Lars Marius Garshol"To: <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 11:20 AM
Subject: Re: [tmql-wg] Proposed new requirement: Ability to produce textual
> Here's an attempt to summarize the thread:
> - There seems to be agreement that it would be good for TMQL to be
> able to produce output. Unless anybody screams I'll put this in as
> a SHALL requirement (other alternatives would be SHOULD or MAY, but
> there seems no reason to choose those if we all agree).
It depends on what you mean by "output". I personally in favour of "basic"
TMQL which transforms/filters TM into TM based on SAM.
As soon as we have filtered TM we can apply different plug-ins to get real
"output". Some TM manipulation languages can have these features bundled
together. In other cases we can rely on regular languages "glue". I also see
huge value in developing something like TMTL presented in
http://www.ontopia.net/topicmaps/materials/tolog-for-tmql.pdf . I just think
that well defined TM->TMQL->TM transformation is much more important than
TM->TMQL->XML, TM->TMQL->HTML or TM->TMQL->Text.