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Subject: Re: [dita] DITA 1.2 - implementation-specific attributes

Glad to hear you also think it's an important feature, Eliot.

I'm sure we can work out the details during the 1.2 development process.

I didn't want to overengineer it in the proposal.

Nor afterwards, for that matter...enough of that in the high tech world already.


W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
Dana Spradley wrote:
A brief, perhaps placeholder, proposal for DITA 1.2 to support implementation-specific attributes on arbitrary elements.

Obviously we need to put some design thought into this feature, but I think that having this apply to *any* unrecognized attribute is probably a little too strong.

I would suggest that it would make more sense to have a separate "metadata attributes" declaration attribute. DITA-aware processors would then use this attribute to determine which attributes are in fact metadata attributes, e.g.:

<p metadata-atts="foo bar"
  foo="a metadata value"
  bar="another metadata value"
  fred="not a metadata attribute">



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