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Subject: DOCBOOK: Re: ambiguity in <xref> regarding cross-reference text

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/ Bob Stayton <bobs@caldera.com> was heard to say:
| On Sun, Nov 24, 2002 at 08:07:43PM -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
|>   again, nitpicky, but in the online TDG 2.0.7, in the explanation
|> of <xref>, we read:
|>   "... If the Endterm attribute is specified, the content of the
|>   element pointed by by Endterm must be used as the text of the
|>   cross-reference ... If the object pointed to has a specified
|>   XRefLabel, that should be used as the cross-reference text."
|>   and if both happen to be true?  it's not clear from the <xref>
|> page which takes precedence.

I think endterm should take precedence. (Otherwise the link author has
no way to override xreflabel.)

| I think this is perhaps an issue of stylesheet policy, not
| a DTD policy.

Link semantics should be defined by the TC, I think, independent of
the stylesheet language used.

| In any case, for the XSL stylesheets the xreflabel takes
| precedence over the endterm.

I think that's a bug, and I'm fixing it now.

                                        Be seeing you,

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