Formatted texts, also called 'setexts', can therefore be read using ANY text editor in existence and, unlike HTML (and most other encoded documents) do not require a browser in order to be read in the usual, linear fashion. However, if read with a setext browser it will usually provide additional services such as outlining, a clickable index created dynamically in real time, richtext emphasis and other enhancements. To learn more about setext: the syntax, method, encoding philosophy and everything, please visit:
Mac.Archive.Umich.EDUand their mirror sites. Example:
Info-Mac [& mirrors]: text/setext-viewer-05-unix.uu
Please note that the sv represents but one rendering of the setext and then one that is hardly representative of its capabilities. As with the HTML, the presentation of marked-up datastream is the function and the responsibility of a client... the better the client, the higher the level of enhancement of setexts' unobtrusively-encoded structure in plaintext documents. Clearly, a much better setext client for Unix is needed, one that implements setext hypertext linkage (yes, Mathilda), and compiles cleanly everywhere (hint, hint).
Latest versions in ftp://ftp.bilkent.edu.tr/pub/Local/setext/ Jul 28 06:36 Macintosh 222 Kb easy-view-250.hqx Jun 6 10:17 35 Kb setext-docs.hqx Oct 5 06:42 DOS/Windows 41 Kb EV1-6.ZIP Apr 5 1994 31 Kb EV1-3.ZIP Jul 28 07:55 Unix/Sun 4.x 7 Kb sv-05.tar.z Apr 13 1994 text/x-setext 11 Kb EV-in-DC.etx Apr 13 1994 text/html 12 Kb EV-in-DC.html a paper about the EasyView presented at a hypertext workshop in Washington, DC.
Happy structure-enhanced browsing!
Ian Feldman email@example.com