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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] slides: how to balance presentation and content

Stefan Seefeld <seefeld@sympatico.ca> wrote on Thu, 22 Jan 2009
10:48:05 -0500:

> Justus-bulk@Piater.name wrote:
>> I don't need to switch slide masters half-way through a
>> presentation; do you?
> Yes.

Oh. Really? Like, change the title font, slide background color, slide
number position?

In that case, why not add a "master" attribute to <foil> after all,
which could trigger a different page-master for FO output.

Referring to the issues cited below, after thinking about it, I think
<block> is a good name after all. <layout>, <style> suggest that they
*contain* layout or style definitions, which is of course not the
case. One might use a "layout" or "style" attribute instead of "name"
to make its function explicit.

Do interested folks agree that we're headed towards something useful?
One day I may actually contribute to an implementation of such a
concept, as having it at hand would make my life easier.

>>  "name" is good I guess. <layout name="twocol"> is very suggestive.

Cavicchio_Rob@emc.com wrote on Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:38:53 -0500:

> Justus-bulk@Piater.name [mailto:Justus-bulk@Piater.name] wrote:
>> Is it? To me, "block" seems overly general. "Layout" is very explicit
>> in that it says "I'm here for layout (and styling, etc.), not for
>> semantic structure like all of my peers". Or <style>, as this term is
>> used for all of this in CSS...
> Separating this from the issue of slides, I've often wanted to have a
> generic block element (like <div>), so that I could attach meta-data to
> an arbitrary collection of elements. Sometimes for layout purposes,
> sometimes not. I think there is semantic value in having a very generic
> container that basically says, "These things all go together."

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