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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • If I understand aright, you wacky etymologists often construct a word that must of been the root for words we have today, despite the fact the no one can find written evidence of this progenitor. These words are called 'asterisk words' because they are prepended with an asterisk to denote that the word is really just a guess. To make this more concrete, Tom Shippey suggests that the origin of the word 'hobbit' is *hol-bytla, which means "hole dweller" in some dead language.

    In this spirit I suggest that we all try to forget that SGML and DTDs ever existed and pretend that HTML and XML were delivered to us on stone tablets. Otherwise, people might try to continue using SGML [sourceforge.net] to do awful things [jclark.com].