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

Robert Barta rho@bigpond.net.au
Wed, 02 Jul 2003 19:42:08 +1000

On Wed, Jul 02, 2003 at 12:18:55AM -0400, Dmitry wrote:
> 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.

I completely concur from a theoretical point of view.

I have little imagination, though, how much potential performance
penalty we will have to pay if we _completely_ would decouple any
serialisation (XML, flat text, XTM, ...) from the query language and
have them as "plug-ins" (or actually, plug-outs).

In one of the first versions of AsTMa? I tried to completely separate
the two issues, but simply failed as it made the language definition
so vague.

\rho