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sosofo (specification of a sequence of flow objects)

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A sosofo (specification of a sequence of flow objects), a term used in the Document Style Semantics and Specification Language ( DSSL ), is a set of statements that describe how a sequence of document elements (such as a paragraph and headings) fit into a document and how they are to be formatted (for example, in what type font and with what spacing).

Using a sosofo in DSSSL, a document element can contain other elements (a paragraph can contain "notes" or "emphasized text" in different font sizes).

In DSSSL, sosofo's are the main way in which you describe the presentation of language elements. The inventors of DSSSL feel that "sosofo" takes a lot less time to read and say than "specification of a sequence of flow objects."

This was last updated in March 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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