[tmql-wg] Proposed new requirement: Ability to produce textual output

Dmitry dmitryv@cogeco.ca
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 00:18:55 -0400

From: "Lars Marius Garshol"To: <tmql-wg@isotopicmaps.org>
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