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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: Announce: DocBook XML Schema

/ Michael Smith <smith@io.com> was heard to say:
| >   http://www.sun.com/software/xml/developers/docbook/
| Are there any plans to eventually embed documenation -- that is,
| element and attribute descriptions -- in the DocBook schema?

In the long run, yes. But the schema will be experimental for a long
time, I think. What I haven't started to do yet is figure out how to
write customization layers on top of the schema.

| Do W3C XML schemas even have a formal mechanism for doing that?
| (I know that some other schema types do.)

Yes, as Bob explained.

| One of my hopes for schemas in general is that they will make it
| easy for schema designers to embed element and attribute
| descriptions -- that it will become common practice, really.

That would be nice.

| One obvious advantage is that end users can then use something
| like your own DTDParse or Earl Hood's dtd2html to generate really

Right. I'm trying to do that with doc: elements in my XSL stylesheets.

| But I think an even bigger advantage would be that the element and
| attribute descriptions could potentially be accessed from within
| applications, so that if an end user is using a validating editor

That would be cool.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | The stone fell on the pitcher? Woe
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | to the pitcher. The pitcher fell
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | on the stone? Woe to the
                                   | pitcher.--Rabbinic Saying

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