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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: Markup for personal names

/ Horacio <homega@ciberia.es> was heard to say:
| [messing up a bit]
| On Thu, 21 Jun 2001, Wroth, M. LTC         MATH wrote:
| > <personalname><givenname>Mark</givenname><secondname>B.</secondname><surname>Wroth</surname><lineal>Jr</lineal></personalname>
| I much prefer <forename> to <givenname>, and the simpler <name>
| to <personalname>.

We've already got honorific, firstname, surname, lineage, and
othername inside of author, editor, etc.  I don't see any motivation
to rename those elements.

| > Element surname
| > 	May contain itself (e.g. <surname><surname>Vega</surname>
| > 	y <surname>Asturias</surname></surname>

Do we really need this level of markup in technical documentation.
Are there situations where <surname>Vega y Asturias</surname>
wouldn't be sufficient? (I'm not opposed to allowing it, in principal,
I'm just trying to understand the problem space.)

| <name>
| <forename role="religious">John Paul <line>II</line></forename>,
| nče <name><forename>Karol</forename>
| <surname>Wojtila</surname></name>
| </name>
| (may be other religious leaders do take names too... the Lamas
| do... and Christian nuns too).

Not often necessary in technical documentation, I expect. Prayers for
help in meeting deadlines not withstanding. :-)

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | The things we have most longed for
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | do not happen; or if they do, it
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | is never at the time nor under the
                                   | circumstances when they could have
                                   | made us happiest.--La Bruy\`ere

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