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Subject: Re: Accommodating articles.
/ Doug du Boulay <email@example.com> was heard to say: | 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? This looks like an RFE. | (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. Perhaps use role on one of the authors? | (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. Another RFE, please. | (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 That's citetitle | (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"? Can you use role for this? Chemistry and nuclear physics aren't directly in DocBook's scope. | (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> ) That seems problematic at best. However, I expect these elements are allowed inside para, so you could do it, but you'll have to get the processing system to "do the right thing". | (6) The <supplement> thing for centralising embedded related data in | other XML dialects. | (see http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/200507/msg00053.html) I'm really not sure what you have in mind there, but I'll follow-up to that message... Be seeing you, norm -- Norman Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Everyone has talent. What is rare http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | is the courage to follow the Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | talent to the dark place where it | leads.--Erica Jong