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Subject: DOCBOOK: Re: docbook vs latex

/ Doug du Boulay <ddb@R3401.rlem.titech.ac.jp> was heard to say:
| >On Thursday 05 September 2002 16:30, Matt G. wrote:
| Back in January in response to one of your queries
| http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/200201/msg00010.html
| Norm actually suggested that there might be 
| a separation of DocBook into core and sw/hw specific sections that could 
| shrink the core DocBook by possibly more than 1/3. 
| If size was the main issue that would have happened/be happening now.

I think the continued interest in Simplified DocBook is good evidence
that size is an issue and there is interest in something smaller. The
problem I have, personally, is that Simplified is too big and
something that's small enough isn't useful. (When I started working on
Simplified, I hoped it would have about 40 elements, not about 100.)

| I suspect if someone found a need for another two dozen OO programing
| concepts they would be in there in a flash.

Well...they might get added, but I doubt it would be "in a flash". It
was several years after the first requests before the TC produced the
first set of OO markup.

| Mathematics did seem to be a special case with only a 
| speculatively modest number of new elements, of arguably, 
| cross domain value.

You speak as if the DocBook TC had rejected a proposal to add new
elements for mathematics. I don't believe any such proposal has ever
been made. Certainly the TC hasn't rejected it, we haven't even
discussed it.

Any proposal to add new elements to DocBook is welcome.

| P.S. many of the equation examples in TDG utilise the imminently redundant  
| <graphic/> for the actual rendering. It could be an idea to change that to
| <mediaobject> in the future. 

Yes, updating the book is a work-in-progress.

| Not only that but in http://www.docbook.org/tdg/en/html/equation.html
| the example is incorrect. Well, if it is right then I just solved Fermat's 
| equation for N=1.

Hmm. Oops.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | Nothing can exceed the vanity of
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | our existence but the folly of our
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | pursuits.--Oliver Goldsmith

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