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Separate compilation of structured documents

Groves, Michael J.; Brailsford, David F.

Authors

Michael J. Groves

David F. Brailsford



Contributors

Christoph Huser
Editor

Wiebke Mohr
Editor

Vincent Quint
Editor

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 .

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 1993
Journal Electronic Publishing -- Origination, Dissemination and Design
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Groves, M. J., & Brailsford, D. F. (1993). Separate compilation of structured documents
Keywords Link editing, Separate compilation, Structured documents, Formatting, LATEX, Troff, PDF
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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