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Subject: Re: DocBook XSL and Internationalization

/ "Bill Burns" <bburns@verbumcomm.com> was heard to say:
| - Default fonts
| This would be the actual definition in a template, not the inclusion of the
| font files themselves in the tools.
| While Unicode fonts, can contain all characters, some (perhaps most?) do
| not, and sometimes a Unicode font isn't appropriate for an output. Do the
| DocBook style sheets take this into consideration and provide separate
| locale-specific control for fonts, or is this a customization that would
| need to be added to test for specific locales?

The font sets are parameterized, but not by locale. Unfortunately, I
don't see any way *to* properly parameterize by locale without knowing
in advance what fonts work in which locales.

| - Word/character order for autogenerated components (xrefs, headers and
| footers, chapter and appendix numbering)
| Items containing autgenerated page numbers, chapter numbers, or other
| autogenerated text may vary depending on the syntax of the target language.
| Is this already addressed in DocBook XSL?


| - Chapter, appendix and list numbering (for those locales that don't use
| Arabic numerals)

I think that's handled.
| Are there any other areas of concern that DocBook XSL addresses in part or
| in whole? Are there any areas of concern for localizers who work with
| DocBook data? 

I'm not an I18N or L10N expert, but we've tried to be responsive to
requests from folks who are.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | Throughout history the world has
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | been laid waste to ensure the
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | triumph of conceptions that are
                                   | now as dead as the men that died
                                   | for them.--Henry De Montherlant

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