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Subject: RE: [dita] processing-role attribute [cascading]

Actually it could be quite useful for processing-role to cascade. For example:

Author A creates a single map that defines both a TOC and the keys for the topicrefs in the TOC (not using keydef - just a single TOC with a key on each topicref)

Author B wants to reuse a bunch of the topics but their own nav. So they want to use the key definitions in author A's map but not the nav structure. So they create a mapref (or a conref to a subset of the target map) setting processing-role="resourceonly".
Michael Priestley, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM)
Lead IBM DITA Architect

"Ogden, Jeff" <jogden@ptc.com>

04/21/2009 11:12 AM

"Robert D Anderson" <robander@us.ibm.com>, "dita" <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
RE: [dita] processing-role attribute [cascading]

I've got cascading on the brain and so ...
I assume that @processing-role itself does not cascade.
But does @processing-role="resource-only" change the cascading behavior for any other attributes or other properties?
Cascading within a map?
Cascading from map to map?
Cascading from map to topic?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:45 AM
> To: dita
> Subject: [dita] processing-role attribute
> Recently we approved adding the new processing-role attribute, with values
> of "normal" and "resource-only", to topicref and its specializations. Use
> of processing-role="resource-only" indicates that the target is to be used
> only as a resource, without appearing in any generated TOC, not linked to,
> not generated as part of PDF/XHTML/whatever other output.
> We also have a new <keydef> element as a shortcut for defining keys in
> 1.2. It defaults to toc=no, linking=none, and print=no. So my question is,
> should it also default to processing-role=resource-only? This seems
> logical, and in fact seems part of the reason we added resource-only, but
> I
> don't think it was called out in the original discussion.
> Thanks -
> Robert D Anderson
> IBM Authoring Tools Development
> Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit
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