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Subject: Re: [dita] Spec references to the solidus character

I'll add that elaboration to the DITA 1.3 proposal/update item that I 
need to log about this issue, since we are not changing anything for now.

BTW, I think a discussion about terminology in specs could be an 
interesting blog post for someone in the TC, thereby helping to at least 
get the discussion into searchable space for now.

On 11/3/2010 4:01 PM, Su-Laine Yeo wrote:
> I doubt there is any chance of people taking the spec to literally mean
> the solidus character. But we should change "solidus" to "slash" anyway.
> A co-worker remarked that to make things perfectly clear, we should say
> somewhere that everywhere we mention the term "slash" we are referring
> to the Unicode character U+002F.
> Su-Laine
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eliot Kimber [mailto:ekimber@reallysi.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:05 PM
> To: Su-Laine Yeo; dita
> Subject: Re: [dita] Spec references to the solidus character
> For myself I was trained at IBM to prefer "solidus" rather than "slash"
> because of some slang associations with "slash" in British English. I
> was
> not aware that there was in fact a separate solidus character in
> Unicode.
> Given that the I would think that correcting "solidus" to "slash" would
> be
> appropriate if there is any chance of people taking the spec to
> literally
> mean the Unicode solidus character.
> If it's not possible to correct this sort of non-substantive typo before
> final publication then I would agree it should be an erratum.
> Cheers,
> E.
> On 10/27/10 12:53 PM, "Su-Laine Yeo"<su-laine.yeo@justsystems.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> In a few places, the DITA 1.2 spec refers to a "solidus" character.
> E.g.
>> "For references to non-topic elements within topics and non-topicref
>> elements within maps, the value of the @keyref attribute is a key
> name,
>> a solidus ("/"), and the ID of the target element."
>> I believe what is meant here is a "forward slash", not a solidus which
>> is a different character and doesn't work in file paths.
>> See:
>> - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidus_(punctuation)
>> - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(punctuation)
>> Is this a big enough problem to require an erratum to the spec?
>> Regards,
>> Su-Laine
>> Su-Laine Yeo
>> Solutions Consultant
>> JustSystems Canada, Inc.
>> Office: 778-327-6356
>> syeo@justsystems.com
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