[IPython-dev] [sympy] Re: using reST for representing the notebook cells+text

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Wed Feb 24 12:46:33 CST 2010


Ooopps, hit keyboard shortcut for send...

> Using Python allows the notebook format to be extended by simple
> subclassing:
>
> class MatplotlibFigureCell(Cell):

This subclass could contain all the logic for representing the
matplotlib figure in different formats: html, jpeg, svg, native pyqt
gui, etc and could be distributed with matplotlib.

Sure, if your notebook uses the MatplotlibCell, you will need
matplotlib, but the validation of that aspect is handled by python
itself, not an XML schema.

Doing these types of things using XML would require all of this to be
put into the centralized XML schema, making it difficult for third
parties to extend.  Plus all of the additional logic associated with
that Cell type has to be put somewhere as well.

[I am thinking aloud here...not sure if all of this would pan out in
practice...only actual code would
tell...]

[For what it is worth, while I *love* the idea of having a reST based
notebook format, I think it is simply
too limiting in the long run.  Between reST and XML, I think XML wins...]

Cheers,

Brian


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Assistant Professor of Physics
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
bgranger@calpoly.edu
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