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Subject: [docbook-apps] RE: DocBook topic element]
Sorry, posted to wrong list: -------- Original Message -------- To: firstname.lastname@example.org > ... the DocBook model (so far) > has been a "top-down" approach, with documents typically being authored > as entire publications that contain chapters and sections. > > Introducing a <topic> into DocBook muddies the waters. Either: > > (1) You use <topic>s instead of <book>s, in which case why not just use > DITA?; or, I've never been convinced that DITA is particularly better suited for topic-based authoring than DocBook. See http://norman.walsh.name/2005/10/21/dita for a cogent argument on that point. As a writer who uses both every day, I would look elsewhere for relative strengths and weaknesses. For example, in DITA's favor I might point out its small tag set, reltables, and conrefs; as compared to DocBook's maturity, abundance of tools, and ease of implementation and customization. IMO, DocBook's "swiss army knife" flexibility is a Good Thing in a modular XML publishing system. From this standpoint, adding a well-considered topic model is one more useful refinement to DocBook.