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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: On the size of DocBook...
On Sat, 14 Sep 2002, Michael Smith wrote: ]>That said, I can't imagine any document author or document-authoring ]>group that would need "full" DocBook DTD as their *authoring DTD*. I I can. I wouldn't recomend it as a matter of course. If somebody is working on technical documents that cover a couple of different fields, Most, if not all of the _current_ DocBook elements could be used. ]>of documents, I was thinking it might be worthwhile (to the extent ]>that it's possible) for the TC to produce some subsets designed to ]>meet the needs of some specific, identifiable, communities -- a Taking a page out of Word97, a tool could include the complete DocBook spec, and approved/custom/whatever additions that are consistent with DocBook. The user selects the appropriate subset, by making selections from something similar to the Style Guide in Word97. ]>But I'm not sure how practical it would be to try to do that, because ]>in trying to think of identifiable groups with common authoring needs, Letters Journal Articles [ Use appropriate subset for the field.] ]>it's hard to come up with any group within which authoring needs ]>range purposes by groups with some varied needs. So it might be very ]>difficult to produce a "help authoring" DocBook subset that didn't If the authoring tool has non-exclusive radio button. help authoring toolbox rarely used elements statistical elements programing elements lingistic elements drama elements mathematical elements rarely used math elements etc. [ Terms used are simply as examples. I doubt that all/any actually exist. ] ]> * for most part, the difficulties that people run into in trying to ]> customize DocBook are simply DTD-customization difficulties, not ]> necessarily DocBook-customization difficulties. What I mean is, I ]> think they are difficulties that they'd run into in trying to ]> customize any large DTD, not difficulties unique to DocBook Perhaps a couple of tutorials showing how to customize for different fields/things would be of use here. Trivial example: Writing a play. Non-trivial Example: High Speed particle Physics. ]> * if we went with a complete refactoring, I'd want to be sure it ]> just didn't introduce a different set of customization challenges Any change is going to induce a new set of customization challanges. xan jonathon -- http://www.eskimo.com/~hwa/index.html
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