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Subject: RE: [dita] SIDSC specialization element naming question

Hi Bob,

Your note brings up an interesting issue.  In this case, generally speaking
I don't see an  issue in using "name" as an element name.

The concern I have is that with the increasing number of new specialization
there is a increased possibility of having naming collisions in domains and
specializations.  That being said,  this would be a moot point if we can
resolve the issue of namsepaces (not the use of but rather w.r.t the class
attribute) in DITA.  That would be the best to avoid naming collisions.

I wonder if it make sense to add a prefix to the element names in your
specialization, for instance something like <sidName>, so that
a) the element name is a bit more descriptive in its use
b) reduces the likelihood of colliding with another element

The learning subcommittee has adopted a prefix for their element
names...which is most likely the equivalent to a namespace prefix for that
specialization if namespaces were supported.

Kind regards,
Eric A. Sirois
Staff Software Developer
DB2 Universal Database - Information Development
DITA Migration and Tools Development
IBM Canada Ltd. - Toronto Software Lab
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             "Beims Bob"                                                   
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                                       RE: [dita] SIDSC specialization     
                                       element naming question             

Thanks Deborah!

      From: Deborah_Pickett@moldflow.com
      Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 7:50 PM
      To: Beims Bob
      Cc: dita@lists.oasis-open.org; dita-sidsc@lists.oasis-open.org
      Subject: Re: [dita] SIDSC specialization element naming question

      Hi Bob,

      bob.beims@freescale.com wrote on 08/11/2007 07:34:41 AM:
      > The IP-XACT folks have chosen to define a "name" element that is a
      > required sub-element of several other elements. Since DITA 1.1
      > defines a @name attribute, are we going to slam into problems if we

      > create a specialized _element_ called "name"?

      I can't imagine that it would be a problem, especially considering
      that it already happens now (example: DITA has an audience element,
      and an audience attribute).

      Deborah Pickett
      Information Architect, Moldflow Corporation, Melbourne

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