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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: On the size of DocBook...

Paul Grosso wrote:
> At 19:01 2002 09 05 +0100, Dave Pawson wrote:
>>?Status quo? Seems to me that's how you operate now (TC that is)
> Yes, that's what I'm suggesting.

Isn't that a little like: Let's discuss this issue by not discussing it; 
we'll solve it by sweeping it from under our carpet, across the room and 
under the user's carpet.

Facetiousness aside with apologies to Paul:
- it's highly unlikely all tools being used currently can (easily) be 
configured in the way you suggest (and it *is* a good idea for tools 
that work that way, although it raises the cost of implementing DocBook 
even further in any particular context.)
- this approach ignores the possibile (shall I say probable?) benefits 
of working through some house cleaning or reorganizing or refactoring of 
DocBook that might benefit everyone -- users, Technical Committee, 
volunteer support folks, and stylesheet developer / maintainers. Easily 
bolting on or unbolting componets on a per application basis is an idea 
that has tremendous appeal, at least to me.

On the other hand, this approach *does* circumvent the inevitable 
difficulties and complexities of actually deciding what to do, how and 
when. This is a key factor when I consider the amount of time and energy 
donated to the cause by the DocBook core team. It's a complex 
short-term-pain / long-term-gain question.

Regards.             ...edN

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