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Subject: Re: [dita] Proposal: Domain for Japanese ruby markup ala HTML5


I agree that it probably should be a domain, for the reasons you describe. However, there are other languages where a phonetic "ruby" could be useful. I've seen the same kind of thing in Chinese texts (mostly in language learning aids), and I'm sure there are other uses.

So, I would suggest that any specification description not imply that usage is limited to Japanese.

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On Jan 25, 2012, at 8:56 PM, Eliot Kimber wrote:

> HTML5 provides an improved version of HTML 4's <ruby> markup, which is
> required for Japanese-language documents that include kanji (ideographic)
> characters. 
> In Japanese, the pronunciation of ideographic characters cannot always (or
> often) be known from context. The ideographic characters are annotated with
> their phonetic transliteration, a "ruby", which is rendered above or beside
> or following the ideographs. This is standard Japanese typography.
> In the context of the DITA for Publishers vocabulary I have defined a direct
> copy of the HTML5 markup design, e.g.:
> <p> 探険船シビリアコフ号の北氷洋航海中に撮影されたエピソード映画の中に、一頭
> の<ruby>
> <rb>白熊</rb>
> <rp>(</rp>
> <rt>しろくま</rt>
> <rp>)</rp>
> </ruby>を射殺し、その子を生け捕る光景が記録されている。</p>
> Implementing this for HTML output is trivial--just copy to output. For PDF
> it's a little more work but can be done in XSL-FO.
> <ruby> and its ruby-specific subelements are specializations of <ph>.
> I am proposing this as a new domain simply to keep the vocabulary isolated
> so that non-Japanese-language documents need not include this markup. But it
> would equally appropriate to add it to the DITA base vocabulary as well.
> The Ruby markup works as expected in most modern browsers and in at least
> iBooks for EPUB. I have not tested on Kindle Fire.
> The HTML5 specification for <ruby> is here:
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-ruby-element
> The D4P vocabulary module and HTML implementation for the Open Toolkit is
> available as part of the DITA for Publishers package,
> dita4publishers.sourceforge.net.
> Cheers,
> Eliot 
> -- 
> Eliot Kimber
> Senior Solutions Architect
> "Bringing Strategy, Content, and Technology Together"
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