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Electronic document encodings have not always followed these rules, since the markup was viewed purely as a means of producing the visual rendering. Our work points out that the same encoding can be put to multiple uses; it is therefore important to apply principles of good software design and reuse to document encodings as well.

To draw an analogy, we do not currently throw away the program source code once we have successfully compiled it into a running executable; equivalently, it is important to retain the high-level document encodings that produce the final display form in which information is disseminated.

TV Raman
Fri Mar 10 08:30:23 EST 1995