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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: DSSSL Variables

/ Holger Rauch <Holger.Rauch@heitec.de> was heard to say:
| What's the reason that some variables of the Modular DocBook style sheets
| are enclosed in percent signs, others are enclosed in dollar signs and
| still others are not surrounded by any special signs at all? Is this some
| convention that is followed throughout the style sheets? If so, what's the
| meaning behind all this?

That was a convention started by the previous maintainer. My
understanding was that %-ish things were sortof constants and $-ish
things were sortof functions. I tried for a while to continue the
conventions but eventually gave up, especially when I found that I
wanted to set some of the %-ish ones from the command line and on
Windows that's just a pain because you have to double-escape the

In short, it's not very meaningful and I wish I'd ripped it all out
years ago.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | Men do not quit playing because
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | they grow old; they grow old
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | because they quit playing.--Oliver
                                   | Wendell Holmes

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