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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Re: DocBook topic element

I'm in full agreement with Bergfrid, keep <topic> in there, Docbook 5 is 
the way to go.
I was also horrified at the comment from Adobe on Docbook 5 support in 
Framemaker.  But I suppose that confirms that Framemaker is aimed at the 
lower end of the market, not for professionals.

Bergfrid Skaara wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 8:28 PM, Bob Stayton <bobs@sagehill.net 
> <mailto:bobs@sagehill.net>> wrote:
>     -snip-
>     You ask "why not just use DITA?".  I think there are going to be
>     lots of answers and discussions about that. Just because someone
>     wants to set their content up in a modular fashion does not mean
>     they have to use DITA, if there is a good alternative.  This
>     proposal is for those who want to do modular content but don't need
>     the special features of DITA, or who prefer to use DocBook markup
>     and stylesheets.
>     Bob Stayton
>     Sagehill Enterprises
>     bobs@sagehill.net <mailto:bobs@sagehill.net>
> I could not agree more. We want to do modular documentation, and are 
> required to publish PDFs. Customizing DITA to get decent and accepptable 
> looking PDFs is extremely hard, and we do not want to venture down that 
> road. DocBook's stylesheets, the new RelaxNG schemas, and the solid 
> documentation for customizing them are superior.
> As Adobe said when I asked about DocBook 5 support in FrameMaker: "We 
> have chosen DITA [and abandoned DocBook] because our focus is 
> light-weight documentation and HTML-publishing."
> Best regards,
> Bergfrid Skaara

Ron Catterall Ph.D. D.Sc.

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