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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] HTML5 HR thematic break for docbook: how?

Given their definition, I would use DocBook's bridgehead to indicate such thematic shifts. It comes with the advantage of telling the reader what the shift actually is. I suppose if that is too much information, you could enter and empty bridgehead and render it with your stylesheet as an HR.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

On 5/3/2016 4:00 PM, Robert Nagle wrote:
Hi, there,

I noticed that in HTML 5 the semantic definition for HR has been changed
to mean "thematic break."
See: https://www.w3.org/TR/html-markup/hr.html

"Some examples of thematic breaks that can be marked up using the hr
element include a scene change in a story, or a transition to another
topic within a section of a reference book."

 That is probably for the best because in many narratives you have
informal breaks between paragraphs (sometimes with separators, sometimes

When producing epub files,  I have just attached a style class to a para
and used that to format section breaks. That is not wrong, but it is not

For the record, it seems unclear if the current  ebook reading systems
support css for HR well enough that would justify using it now. (In
fact, I'm going to test that for my next ebook). But it doesn't seem
that there is any equivalent element in docbook, and that I have enough
instances  where I'm yearning to have one.

(I suppose I could use a processing instruction to insert an HR though).


Robert Nagle
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