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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] should simplesect be chunked?

I do not disagree with your position in theory. I can see where there
may be style guides that use simplesect in such a way as they would be
long enough to warrant entire html pages.

I don't think that having simplesect blocks being that long makes much
sense however. We use simplesect as the only terminal section element.
It is, in information mapping terms, a block. So a chapter would never
only have sect1 elements breaking it up into sections. Such a chapter
would use simplesect. If the simplesect blocks get big enough to warrant
it, then the chapter would need to be broken up into sections - each of
which contains a group of simplesect element. sect1-sect5 elements and
section elements are not used as terminal sections.

Since this is only one way of doing the mark-up using docbook and others
will likely disagree with this approach, I don't think adding the
capabilities to chunk simplesect is a bad idea.

Perhaps simplesect chunking should have its own parameter for being
turned on and off? That way people whose output depends on the current
chunking algorithm for sections won't be messed up.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Pawson [mailto:davep@dpawson.co.uk] 
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 1:54 PM
To: Bob Stayton
Cc: DocBook Apps
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] should simplesect be chunked?

Bob Stayton wrote:
> Hi,
> I don't think section level is the right criterium for excluding 
> simplesect from chunking.  A chapter can contain nothing but 
> simplesect elements, making them equivalent to level1 sections.  
> Currently such a chapter would be a single chunk, even if each 
> simplesect was long, leading to a very long chunk.  Also, in the 
> chunking stylesheets, the level of section chunking is controlled by a
stylesheet parameter.
> So you could have one chapter consisting of simplesects that is are 
> not chunked, and another chapter consisting of single-level section 
> elements, and only the latter chapter will be chunked.

Too many what-if's there Bob. We can all make daft decisions when
marking up.

For Docbook, used sensibly, there's no need to chunk at simplesect level


Dave Pawson

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