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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Please respond: adding generic sibling to high-levelbook components


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Michael(tm) Smith a «±crit :

> The approach of adding a single element with a class attribute
> having multiple enumerated values grows the schema just as much as
> instead adding a corresponding new element were added for each of
> the attribute values. It arguably makes things harder for users
> because it basically just hides the additional complexity in a way
> that makes it hard for users to find what they're looking for.

Huh I see your point now and I understand better DocBook design
motivations...

Camille.

> A case in point is the current systemitem content model, with 22
> enumerated values on its class attribute:
> 
>   http://docbook.org/tdg/en/html/systemitem.html
> 
> So a users who want to, say, mark up a username or constant or an
> IP address and goes looking through the docs for, well, a Username
> element or a Constant element will find none. They are instead
> expected to figure out (somehow) that the element they need is
> Systemitem, with one of its mixed-bag of values on its class
> attribute, which are actually only marginally related to each
> other through the vague notion of being "system-related items".
> 
> I mean, if you were to ask somebody for an common-sense opinion
> about how a constant and a username should be marked up in a
> schema for technical documentation, I don't think most would
> suggest that the same element should be used to mark them up, with
> a class attributes on that element being the only thing used to
> distinguish between them.
> 
>   --Mike
> 

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