Separate compilation of structured documents

Groves, Michael J. and Brailsford, David F. (1993) Separate compilation of structured documents. Electronic Publishing -- Origination, Dissemination and Design, 6 (4). pp. 315-326.

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Abstract

This paper draws a parallel between document preparation and the traditional processes of compilation and link editing for computer programs. A block-based document model is described which allows for separate compilation of various portions of a document. These portions are brought together and merged by a linker program, called dlink, whose pilot implementation is based on ditroff and on its underlying intermediate code. In the light of experiences with dlink the requirements for a universal object-module language for documents are discussed. These requirements often resemble the characteristics of the intermediate codes used by programming-language compilers but with interesting extra constraints which arise from the way documents are executed .

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Link editing, Separate compilation, Structured documents, Formatting, LATEX, Troff, PDF
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science and Information Technology
ID Code:250
Deposited By:Brailsford, David
Deposited On:01 Nov 2005
Last Modified:09 Oct 2007 16:51

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