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Subject: Accommodating articles.
I've been looking into using DocBook <article>s as a possible vehicle for journal manuscripts. For the most part I think it has the potential to be a good fit, but there are just a few issues which are troublesome. (1) There seems to be no <articleinfo> container to hold the name of the journal in which the article has been or will be published. This seemed an unusual oversight because <volume> <pages> <issue> <date> already exist. I guess it would be called <publication>. Ideally the content model would contain a title or more often an abbreviated title of the journal, Maybe both? (2) It would be useful to have a formal <contact> element within <authorgroup>, typically, but not always one of the authors of the article. It would therefore need the same content as <author>, but probably wouldn't be displayed by default. (3) <authorgroup><author> needs to allow <footnote> The reason is that sometimes authors move on, to the afterlife or new laboratories/positions and it is important and respectful to note such things, but not within the main body of the article. Actually I noticed some publications put the complete author address as a footnote, appropriately <footnoteref>'ed by other authors from the same institution. (4) It would be nice if there was some kind of generic inline <name> container for denoting the names of books or journals or companies or ... Typically these are rendered in italics. But because they are names, <emphasis> isn't really appropriate. <phrase> seems too general and may be overworked enough already. <application> seems like a specific case of what probably aught to be <name role="program"> (5) It might be nice if the <equation>, <inlineequation> and <informalequation> elements provided an @type attribute to distinguish between mathematical and chemical equations/reactions and formulae. Perhaps "math"|"chem"|"nuclear?" with a default of "math"? (actually, it would be very nice to be able to put text - punctuation such as a full-stop or comma at the very least - on the same line as an <equation> or <informalequation> ) (6) The <supplement> thing for centralising embedded related data in other XML dialects. (see http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/200507/msg00053.html) Thats about it. What do you think? Thanks Doug