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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] How do you capture multiple illustrations?

Hi Lech,
Both figure and informalfigure accept mulitple mediaobject elements.  The difference,
of course, is that figure also requires a title and is numbered in output.

Each mediaobject can contain its own caption, or no caption, so that should take care
of that requirement.

So you could use informalfigure to group multiple mediaobject elements, each with a 

I don't know how you would do a parent-child relationship, though.  Perhaps add a role
attribute so the stylesheet can be customized somehow.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lech Rzedzicki" <xchaotic@gmail.com>
To: "Docbook Apps" <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Cc: "docbook-developers" <docbook-developers@lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 3:01 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] How do you capture multiple illustrations?

> Hi.
> We want to capture groups of illustration using DB5 to represent an
> illustrated book content.
> For the individual illustration we will of course use <mediaobject>
> but we're not sure how to group them nicely.
> <figure> is sometimes ok, but other times the illustrations have
> different caption, no captions or one illustration can be a "child" of
> another (for instance it shows a zoomed in portion of the first
> illustration).
> What Docbook elements would you recommend for consistently
> representing such varied scenarios?
> Using section or a para to group them is a possible solution, but
> doesn't introduce much semantic value into the markup and doesn't seem
> very elegant to me.
> Ideally I would want to reuse something that's already found in
> Docbook Publishers SC, if not then from the full Docbook5, failing
> that, we might have to come up with some custom elements or
> attributes?
> I really appreciate any feedback,
> Lech
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