alternatives to the concept of a page, Gutenberg press vs LCD screen

Taylor, P P.Taylor at
Thu Aug 29 22:52:11 CEST 2019

In general I agree with Peter's reply (although I would recommend looking at Context if you are interested in interactive documents) but one part concerns me :

But HTML does not have the formatting scope of LaTeX, so it depends on your application.

Use properly, LaTeX and HTML have exactly the same function :  to indicate the structure of a document.  And whilst they use very different syntaces, they achieve much the same effect.  The presentation of that content is not really the remit of LaTeX, any more than it is of HTML.  But at least with HTML there is a second language, CSS, intended to fulfil that need.  With LaTeX, unfortunately, there is not.  It is just one great big grab-bag, with content denotation and processing ("formatting") all bundled into one.  The informed author will do his/her best to keep the two parts separate; the beginner, or simply the uninformed, will just intermix the two, and the the result will invariably be "tag soup".  Perhaps LaTeX 3 will address this (I think that it will, and I hope that it will) but LaTeX 2e is still very much on a par with HTML before the introduction of CSS.

Philip Taylor
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