Is there such thing as an “automated tense modifier”? This would be a program or script that could modify the tense of a block of text — so “we will” becomes “we did,” etc.
I’m reading a book on enterprise content management right now that advocates embedding case in your XML content. So you’d presumeably do something like this:
On Monday, September 4, 2006, Accounts Payable <variable-tense date="2006-09-04 12:00:00 UTC"> <past>changed</past> <future>will change</future> </variable-tense> their procedures...
Now, this strikes me as incredibly impractical, but the book’s case study has a price tag of $11 million, so they’re obviously operating on a much higher level than I am. The theory here is that after a certain date, all the tense changes to the past without any human intervention.
Has anyone else thought about this? Has this been attempted by any project you know of?