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Subject: Re: [dita] Re: Discuss list processing expectations

It is very questionable whether HTML can be considered a good markup language. I suggest we ignore HTML for the purposes of this discussion.
I know we've had lots of discussions in the DocBook TC about allowing things like lists inside paragraphs, and I think many of the TC members were against this and many didn't care, which is how it got in.
I encourage my users to mark up in a way that is clean, yields predictable results, and works with today's tools. I don't see any point in having them mark up in a way that costs them down the line. Blame the tools if you like, but I prefer successful implementations rather than having to blame the tools for failed projects.

----- Original Message ----
From: Michael Priestley <mpriestl@ca.ibm.com>
To: Gershon L Joseph [Yahoo] <gljoseph@yahoo.com>
Cc: DITA TC List <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>; JoAnn Hackos <joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com>; Robert D Anderson <robander@us.ibm.com>; Rob Frankland <robf@sockmonkeyconsult.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:51:32 PM
Subject: Re: [dita] Re: Discuss list processing expectations

DocBook allows list inside paragraph, just like DITA.

HTML allows a mix of blocks and paragraphs in other contexts like inside a list item.

So this is not unique to DITA.

If the current segmentation rules are at odds with the rules of many major markup languages and a large body of users disagrees with them, whose interests are being served by protecting the existing segmentation rules?

Which is easier to update, several major authoring markup languages plus all authoring community best practices, or XLIFF?

Note: I would say *all* the major markup languages, but I only checked two besides DITA.

Michael Priestley

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