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Subject: RE: [docbook] RE: [docbook-apps] db 5 and Dita anyone?

Regarding conref and xinclude, a related feature to consider is
relatables. They allow you to separate crossreferencing from the
content. This makes it possible to reuse sections without worrying about
broken links. Something like that would make either mechanism more
useful. I'm not saying that docbook needs reltables, but some mechanism
to separate the xrefs from the content would facilitate reuse. 

I also have never cared much about specialization either, but then the
content I work with is software docs, so I'm part of DocBook's target


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Pawson [mailto:davep@dpawson.co.uk] 
> Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2008 2:06 AM
> To: Rajal Shah
> Cc: Johnson, Eric; docbook@lists.oasis-open.org; 
> docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [docbook] RE: [docbook-apps] db 5 and Dita anyone?
> Rajal Shah wrote:
> > The one business need that DITA is trying to solve with 
> specialization 
> > - based on all my discussions with the DITA experts - is that it 
> > allows you to share/distribute your xml content files 
> without having 
> > to distribute the stylesheets.
> Docbook does that already? Why can't I share a chapter/section/sectN?
> I've not heard a use case for 'specialization' yet on this 
> thread (Other than 'they do it' it must be good).
> The Xinclude overhead is likely a low use case soluable by 
> more processing power when needed. Or use entities.
> regards
> --
> Dave Pawson
> http://www.dpawson.co.uk
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