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 <h1>XML-Grammar-Screenplay: Alternative Format for Hollywood Screenplays</h1>
 
 <p>
-A short time after I publicised the
+A short time after I posted a message about
 <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/projects/XML-Grammar/Fiction/">XML-Grammar-Screenplay</a>
-format, a Perl monger sent me a message reading this:
+to a Perl forum, a Perl enthusiast sent me a message reading like that:
 </p>
 
 <blockquote>
 </blockquote>
 
 <p>
+Screenplay-Text looks something like this:
+</p>
+
+<pre>
+&lt;s id=&quot;humanity&quot; title=&quot;&#39;Humanity&#39; - The Movie&quot;&gt;
+
+[Note: This screenplay was written by
+&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.shlomifish.org/&quot;&gt;Shlomi Fish&lt;/a&gt;, and is original artwork.]
+
+&lt;s id=&quot;the-well&quot; title=&quot;The Well&quot;&gt;
+
+[ The Well is shown. Several women are standing nearby with large pots near
+them. They are chatting. Three men approach. ]
+
+Man #1: OK. Let&#39;s move it.
+
+Man #2: You know, I heard of a guy called Moses who could move a stone like
+this all by himself.
+
+The Inventor&#39;s Voice from outside the frame: That&#39;s because he was using the
+Mosesiom 3000!
+
+Man #3: I beg your pardon?
+
+[ The Inventor enters the frame with his invention that looks suspiciously
+like a lever. ]
+
+The Inventor: With this ingenious invention one man can move this stone
+all by himself. Wanna try?
+
+Man #1: OK. I&#39;ll try.
+
+The Inventor: OK. First we tie the stone to the ropes here.
+
+[ He ties the stone]
+
+The Inventor: Now lift the other hand.
+
+Man #1: [After lifting the stone.] Wow, it&#39;s so easy, look I can move the
+stone here [moves it to the left], and here [ moves it to the right].
+
+The Inventor: No! No! Don&#39;t misuse it.
+
+[The stone falls down on the well, splits into two pieces which both fall down
+the well. The men are amazed. ]
+
+The Inventor: Don&#39;t worry, I can get down and tie the ropes to each stone and
+we can lift it up in a flash...
+
+Man #1: I&#39;ll get the ropes.
+
+Man #2: I&#39;ll get the horses.
+
+[ They leave the frame ]
+
+The Inventor: This is not my day.
+
+Woman #1: Who is John Galt?
+
+&lt;/s&gt;
+
+&lt;/s&gt;
+</pre>
+
+<hr />
+
+<p>
 Why is it important? Because it seems that with this pedantic and perfectionist
-attitude Hollywood has left its original rebellious and
+attitude, Hollywood has left its original rebellious and
 <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/insurgent">insurgent</a> roots (the
-film production companies were located around to avoid litigation from
-Edison’s patent trolling machine; and Henry Ford voiced some anti-semitic
+film production companies were located around Los Angeles to avoid litigation
+from Edison’s patent trolling machine; and Henry Ford voiced some anti-semitic
 concerns about the Jewish dominance of Hollywood, which he claimed was
 part of their conspiracy to take over the world), and became more strict.
 How many good films did not take off because of badly formatted or malformed
-screenplays? Hard to know.
+screenplays?
 </p>
 
 <p>
 <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/by-others/hitchhiker-guide-to-star-trek-tng.html">“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Star Trek - The Next Generation”</a>).
 XML-Grammar-Screenplay still has many issues like the fact that its
 error messages can be unhelpful, or that it is still lacking many features,
-but these should be relatively easy to resolve (possibly by a refactoring
-or even partial or complete rewrites).
+but these should be relatively easy to resolve (possibly by a refactoring,
+or partial or complete rewrites).
 </p>
 
 <p>
 As I note in the
 <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/philosophy/philosophy/putting-all-cards-on-the-table-2013/#david_and_goliath">“David and Goliath” section</a> of my
-<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/philosophy/philosophy/putting-all-cards-on-the-table-2013/">“Putting all the Cards on the Table (2013)”</a>,
+<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/philosophy/philosophy/putting-all-cards-on-the-table-2013/">“Putting all the Cards on the Table (2013)” essay</a>,
 a hacker knows the rules, plays by them, but is not afraid to bend them, or
 make up his own rules and that is what
-<a href="http://unarmed.shlomifish.org/2396.html">an action hero</a> is all
+<a href="http://unarmed.shlomifish.org/2396.html">action heroes</a> is all
 about. So now I'm trying to promote Screenplay-Text and Screenplay-XML
 as hackier alternatives to the traditional screenplays of Hollywood which
-became more “professional” and tragic hero-like.
+became more “professional” and tragic hero-like.
 </p>
 
 <p>
 <p>
 I can be reached as <tt>rindolf</tt> on <a href="http://freenode.net/">the
 Freenode IRC network</a> in a private message or in several channels (
-<tt>/whois rindolf rindolf</tt>) to further discuss the vision for
-Screenplay-Text and Screenplay-XML. But I think it is a noble goal.
+see <tt>/whois rindolf rindolf</tt>) to further discuss the vision for
+Screenplay-Text and Screenplay-XML. But I think it is a noble goal, which
+I would like to pursue.
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