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Subject: RE: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook 5 and olink - again]

We're using DocBook 4 but doing basically what Dave's doing, using the
<link> element to create links to other documents by ID. We consider the
validation errors are a small price to pay for the simplicity compared
to <olink>. In fact the list of validation errors is a handy way to get
a quick list of all your cross-document links.  :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Stayton [mailto:bobs@sagehill.net] 
> Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 12:27 PM
> To: Dave Martin; docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook 5 and olink - again]
> Olinking does require some careful setup to work, but many 
> people are using 
> it.
> Regarding the use of link, if you want automatic cross 
> reference text, have 
> you tried using the xref element?  It is an empty element, 
> whereas link 
> always takes content.
> The advantage of using olink in a modular document is that 
> you can edit each 
> chapter and not get validation errors when there are link or 
> xref elements 
> that point to a different chapter (where the id resides in 
> another file). 
> The link and xrefs are resolved only when the document is 
> assembled.  If you 
> don't mind those validation errors during chapter editing, 
> then link and 
> xref should work fine.
> Bob Stayton
> Sagehill Enterprises
> bobs@sagehill.net
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Dave Martin" <dave.martin@fairviewresearch.com>
> To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:48 PM
> Subject: [Fwd: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook 5 and olink - again]
> Hi,
> I'm a DocBook newbie, also trying to link to docs that have been
> XIncluded using Oxygen.
> I tried the Olink stuff without much success, so after some 
> tinkering I
> used this command:
> <link linkend="unzip">unzip</link>
> In the target file that I want to link to I added an ID:
> <section xml:id="unzip">
> When I transform using the standard Docbook PDF it seems to 
> do the right
> thing. I have one PDF document, composed of all my XIncluded 
> files. The
> hot links redirect to a the correct section of the document. I did not
> try HTML.
> No need for olinkdb.xml, target.db etc. that I can see.  The only
> weirdness is that I must put content in the <link> element, I 
> can't get
> it to find the "hot" text in the target document.
> This is so easy that I figure I must be doing something 
> wrong. If anyone
> can set me straight I would appreciate it.
> Thanks,
> Dave

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