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Subject: RE: [dita-lightweight-dita] Does <data> need @href?

In my opinion, the @href is quite useful as the semantic that states what the data’s @name and @value applies to. It can apply to an external or internal resource. For example

  • To relate a topic to an external resource for pulling in the latest pricing for a widget
    • @name = “msrp”
    • @value = “widget_canada”
    • @href = "" href="http://widgetRUS.salesforce.com/pricelist">http://widgetRUS.salesforce.com/pricelist
  • To relate a piece of data to an element within the topic itself
    • @name = “correction”
    • @value = “Changed the trade name used for the Widget sold in Canada”
    • @href = "">


Arguably, the @href value can be inserted using a nested data element. Still I believe that the semantic relevance of @href in data is very useful.



Rob Hanna



From: dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org [mailto:dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org] On Behalf Of Alan Houser
Sent: March 31, 2017 5:21 AM
To: dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [dita-lightweight-dita] Does <data> need @href?


Gently pushing back on this ... if "is it in DITA 1.3?" were the test for inclusion in Lw-DITA, well ...

What can an @href attribute accomplish that @name/@value cannot? I acknowledge that @href has processing implications in full DITA. If that's the driving requirement here, I can accept that. But (generally), if one can meet a requirement in Lw-DITA with more general/extensible markup (in this case, @name/@value), I would favor punting the more specific markup.



On 3/30/17 11:14 AM, Mark Giffin wrote:

Thanks Ian. <data> has @href in DITA 1.3 also, so I'll leave it as it is in lwdita.


On 3/30/2017 2:10 AM, ian bd wrote:

Yes, if <data> is used for recording metadata about the topic. I have a need -- and I am sure I am not the only one doing this sort of thing -- to record references used for a topic, including websites. That recording is carried out using <data> in the <prolog> and @href is the natural (hesitate to say semantic) attribute to hold the information for internal use.




On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:07 AM, Mark Giffin <mark@markgiffin.com> wrote:

Another question based on the sharp eyeballs of Scott Prentice: <data> has an @href attribute, this seems like a mistake. Do we need it?

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin Consulting, Inc.

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Alan Houser
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