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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: tagging package names (rpm, deb)

On Thu, May 31, 2001 at 04:54:45PM -0400, Norman Walsh wrote:
> / David Johnson <david@usermode.org> was heard to say:
> | The FreeBSD documentation project added several tags that they felt were 
> | needed. Among these were <devicename>, <hostid> and <username>. Isn't the 

As the author of the FreeBSD extensions. . .

> <devicename> = <filename class="device">

Not necessarily.  Not all devices have entries in /dev; traditionally,
BSD hasn't included the network devices in there (anything you can
manipulate with ifconfig).

<systemitem class="device"> might also be appropriate.

> <username> = <systemitem class="username">

That's certainly another way to do it.  

I decided to make these "first class" elements after observing that
DocBook seemed to be moving that way -- the migration from <systemitem
class="prompt"> to <prompt>, for example.  Taking this further seemed
like the natural thing to do.

> I'm not sure what hostid means. I just wanted to point out that the
> DocBook TC is responsive to user needs :-)

RFE #124.


Lest anyone get the wrong end of the stick, I don't think that rejecting
these is necessarily a bad idea.  DocBook can not be all things to all
people -- thankfully, it's easy enough to extend that customisations can
be made relatively easily.

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