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Subject: Re: [dita] Is this correct?

Hi Paul - the object element came straight from HTML, to allow users to
insert the same things they can insert in HTML. I suspect the description
of the attribute came from the HTML definition:

The attribute is not actually required - this is a bug in the spec. If you
check the DTD itself (topic.mod), the attribute is #IMPLIED. I think the
same thing came up the list a week or two ago with the id attribute on
<topic> -- it is required, but the spec says it is implied. I think both of
these came about through use of conref in the source for the spec (reusing
a definition, or part of a definition, when it did not actually apply).

I know of people who use the object element today to include flash
animations, and others who use it to provide links that open other

Robert D Anderson
IBM Authoring Tools Development
Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit

             "Paul Prescod"                                                
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             02/26/2006 03:47                                           cc 
                                       [dita] Is this correct?             


name         Submit the object as part of a form.            CDATA

Why should it be required if it is only meaningful in the context of a
form, when DITA doesn't even have a forms capability?

I really don't think that this element should be available at all in
DITA (at least as described).

 Paul Prescod

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