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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Alternative to internal entities?

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At 01:21 27/4/04, Paul A. Hoadley wrote:
>Obviously this is not a DocBook-specific question, but are there any
>alternatives to internal entities for macro-like text substitution?
>For one application, I used an entity to refer to the
>working name for a software package in case it changed.

One of my clients has decided to use schema-based DocBook, eschewing 
DTDs.  (I'm still not entirely sure of the basis for that decision, except 
that schemas are The Future).

We use XInclude for local modularization (one chapter in a file, for 
example), and standardized reference elements for broadly resuable content 
(boilerplate legal notices, for example).

And we've also introduced variable references that are resolved by the 
stylesheet; e.g. <variablereference ref="productname"/> will pull the name 
of this product from the front matter of the manual.

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Christopher R. Maden, Principal Consultant, crism consulting
<URL: http://crism.maden.org/consulting/ >
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