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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: RFE 472229: Allow HTML Tables in DocBook

On Fri, Nov 30, 2001 at 02:26:13PM -0500, Norman Walsh wrote:
> Unfortunately, HTML tables and CALS tables share some common element
> names, so they cannot easily coexist.
> There appear to be two solutions:
> 1. Use namespaces.
> 2. Force the user to make a top-level choice by having, effectively,
>    two DTDs. This would mean a document could contain *either* HTML tables
>    *or* CALS tables, but not both.

I think the inability to mix parts of documents using CALS and HTML
tables is a pretty strong reason to not go with 2. Isn't XML supposed to
be about reuse?

As for tools, we're doing our best to come up with a good namespace-
aware, document centric editor (Morphon).

Wasn't Docbook 5.0 supposed to drop SGML support? Or does that not mean
that Namespaces are OK (them being post XML 1.0)?

It would be a shame to use the 2 DTD kludge for this case and then 6
months later add all kinds of other wonderful stuff using namespaces


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