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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: Re: Simplfying the ToC content model

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> writes:

> / Michael Smith <smith@xml-doc.org> was heard to say:
> | Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> writes:
> [...]
> | I like the simplicity of it, but if we go with it, I think it might be
> | useful to add a "class" attribute on Tocentry, with an enumerated list
> | of values that correspond to DocBook component names, like this:
> |
> |    <!ATTLIST Tocdiv  class (dedication|preface|toc|lot
> |                             |part|chapter|article|reference
> |                             |bibliography|appendix|glossary
> |                             |index|colophon)  #IMPLIED
> |                      ... >
> [...]
> | On the processing side, you'd be able to style those parts differently
> | (bigger font or whatever) based on their class attributes. It seems
> | like that was maybe part of the rationale for the current Tocfront/
> | Tocback/Tocchap/Tocpart division.
> I'm sure you're right. One of the problems is that the toc* structure
> was never quite the same as the book structure so it was always an odd
> fit. And as we added sectioning elements, we neglected to add toc*
> elements.
> I agree that we want to make it possible for authors to keep hierarchy
> information more explicitly than just by containment.
> Your proposal speaks of adding a 'class' attribute to tocentry but
> then shows it on tocdiv. Are you proposing that we add a tocdiv or was
> that a cut-and-paste error from an earlier proposal?

Cut-and-paste error. Should've been "!ATTLIST tocentry" -- I didn't
mean to propose (or re-propose) that we add tocdiv; addition of the
enumerated class attribute to tocentry is all I meant to suggest.


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