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Subject: OT: Help with psgml needed


This is off-topic, but I do not know where to post it else:

Writing a large DocBook-document,
I have some serious problems with Emacs/Xemacs+psgml. Where can I get 
some help?

a) Using entities to break a document in smaller pieces as described in 
"The Definite Guide" does not work for me:

<!ENTITY chap1 SYSTEM "chap1.sgm">
<!ENTITY chap2 SYSTEM "chap2.sgm">
<book><title>My First Book</title>

Emacs (and Xemacs neither) does not parse the DTD in the smaller files. 
(Yes, I have tried something like

     Local Variables:
     mode: xml
     sgml-parent-document: ("master-file.xml")

This mechanism only works for small documents (at least on my machine.) 
but not when the documents get large. I don't know how to fix this.

Loading one of the smaller files, I get the erroe message:

"File mode pecification error: void-function char-table-parent"

b) Editing of attributes does not work. It always turns
*all* attribute values to lowercase. Sometimes it inserts funny markup 
like an extra ">". (Unfortunately, the last behaviour cannot be 
reproduced deterministically.)
This is very dangerous because it can make files unvalid (by lowercasing 
IDs or IDREfs.)

c) psgml sometimes becomes confused when I type something like

<para>The number which is half as big as n is n/2. </para>

It sometimes (but not always!) misinterprets the "/" division operator 
as belonging to an end-tag. After this "/" the set of elements it offers 
for this context is complete nonsense.

I've tried this with psgml-1.2.5 (bytecompiled by myself) and GNU Emacs 
21.1.2 and XEmacs 21.1 (patch 14).


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