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Subject: Re: [dita-comment] Attribute 'title' for relrows

Hi, Robin.

The DITA TC discussed this issue at our meeting on 11 July.

In general, we have a policy of NOT introducing new attributes that contain text strings.

However, for DITA 2.0, users will be able to specialize attributes and make them available only where they want them -- as opposed to current DITA, which makes a specialized attribute available globally. So, if your implementation needs to introduce a new attribute for use in relationship tables, you will be able to do so.

I also can confirm that removing the @xtrc and @xtrf elements is on our list of proposals to discuss for DITA 2.0.


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
+1 919 682-2290; kriseberlein (skype)

On 11/2/2016 7:33 AM, Robin Forder wrote:

In reltables, my employer's DITA CMS client uses @title to store table names, conventionally.

The client is set up to store relrow names. It puts them in @xtrc. There is no title attribute for relrows.

I use relrows modularly. I give them one source topic, and the target topics for that source topic. I put the name of the source topic in @xtrc. The client displays the row name, which aids navigation.

Our colleague Wayne Brissette told us about Robert D. Anderson's suggestion that @xtrc and @xtrf be removed from the DITA XML specification.

I would like to suggest a complementary change: the addition of @title for rows in reltables. This attribute would match the title attribute for reltables. It would allow the client to continue to display row names for reltables, while still being consistent with the DITA XML specification. The news of the proposed removal of @xtrc has prompted me to submit this request. Having a specific attribute for titles of relrows would be an improvement.

DITA 2.0: suggest removing @xtrf, @xtrc, https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/201606/msg00013.html.
DITA XML 1.2 Specification, Section, relrow, http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/os/spec/langref/relrow.html#relrow.


Robin Forder.
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