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Subject: DocBook Technical Committee Meeting Minutes: 17 August 2011

DocBook Technical Committee Meeting Minutes: 17 August 2011

The DocBook Technical Committee met on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 at
01:00p EDT for 60 minutes.

1. Roll call

Paul Grosso, Nancy Harrison, 
Scott Hudson, Larry Rowland
Bob Stayton, Norm Walsh

Dick Hamilton, Gershon Joseph

Jirka Kosek

2. Accepted the minutes [1] of the previous meeting.

3. Next meeting: 28 September 2011

NOTE: next meeting date changed from 21 to 28 September.

4. Review of the agenda.

No changes.

5. Review of open action items

  a.  Bob to update his XSL stylesheet for building a
      DocBook document from an assembly.

  b.  Bob to add contributed Publisher's stylesheets to the XSL distribution.

  c.  Norm to post Simplfied DocBook 5.0 to docbook.org.

  d.  Gerson to propose content models for result element(s)
      (RFE 3163121).

  e. Bob and Nancy to initiate a discussion on the mailing
     list to further develop the issues between the two approaches
     to transclusions (ref element vs. attributes).

6.  DocBook assembly 

 a. inheritance of renderas attribute (see Bob's email [2])

Larry clarified that the intention was that
an automatic renderas would only be applied
if the referenced object did not fit without
change (e.g., including a section element under
a book level).  

Bob suggested that any automatic renderas should be a
stylesheet issue for a particular rendering of
an assembly, not part of the assembly standard itself.

Norm proposed that automatic renderas not be part of
the assembly specification itself.  APPROVED

ACTION: Norm to modify the assembly documentation to reflect
this change.

ACTION: Larry to write documentation on creating a navigational
hierarchy from an assembly.

 b. other issues?

None raised.

7.  Extended XLink support (see Norm's email [3])

Norm reported that the current implementation of simple
XLink is ok, but extended XLinks are not.  He sent another
email [5] proposing a solution. Members wanted time to
review the issue, so we will discuss at next meeting.

8.  Transclusion in DocBook.

Element vs. attribute discussion (see [4]).
This discussion will continue via email.

Norm noted that little in our transclusion proposal
is DocBook-specific, so he will propose to the W3C Core
Working Group that XInclude be extended to meet some of
our requirements.  ID fixup is still an issue, as ID and
IDREF attributes need to be identified.  

ACTION: Norm to propose XInclude enhancements to W3C.

9.  Review of Requests for Enhancement

    To browse a specific RFE, enter the URL (on one line):


    RFEs to revisit for 6.0
      1907003  biblioid content model too broad  

    RFEs under discussion
      2820947  Ability to transclude text 
      3035565  Allow sections at any level  
      3107140  aconym expansion inline 

Larry thought this item was completed, based on Norm's
response to the RFE.  

ACTION: Norm will clarify the resolution of this RFE.

      3156768  <result> tag

    New RFEs
      3383019  DocBook Music Notation 

The group felt this was too specialized for inclusion in DocBook.
Larry suggested that the music elements be kept in their
namespace, and that existing tools exist to process it.

ACTION: Larry to respond to the RFE.

      3384939  db.xlink.type.attribute is too narrowly defined 
      3390036  Allow tag elements to nest

Norm described a use case, and the committee had no objections
to the change.  APPROVED.

ACTION: Norm to add this change to DocBook 5.1.

Scott pointed out that there are four new RFEs on the
Publisher's Schema. Norm suggested that the
Publisher Subcommittee take these up and make
recommendations to the TC.

ACTION: Scott to reconvene the Publishers Subcommittee
to discuss the RFEs.


[1] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201107/msg00005.html
[2] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201107/msg00006.html
[3] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201108/msg00001.html
[4] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201108/msg00007.html
[5] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201108/msg00010.html

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

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