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Subject: <data> use practice question: @value and content?

For a client I need to capture dates where the date as original authored
could be e.g. "Monday Dec 6, 2011". I need to retain the date as authored
but also need to capture a machine-processible date string, e.g., an ISO

The date is metadata for the topic so I'm capturing it using <data> within
the topic prolog.

My initial instinct is to use the <data> content for the original string and
@value for the machine-processible date.

My question: is this use of both @value and direct content condoned by DITA?

I reviewed the reference entry for <data> and didn't see anything that
suggested one way or the other.

The alternative would be to have to two <data> instances, one for the
display date and one for the normalized date, but I was hoping to avoid that
since it's semantically the same date, just represented as two different but
equivalent strings.



Eliot Kimber
Senior Solutions Architect
"Bringing Strategy, Content, and Technology Together"
Main: 512.554.9368

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