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Subject: Re: DocBook supplement and Netscape9?
/ Doug du Boulay <firstname.lastname@example.org> was heard to say: [...] | I've been wondering about the possibility of an embedded DocBook | <supplement>, to appear as the final element in a DocBook <article>, | <book> or <part>. This would provide a centralised collection point for | associated data in generic | external XML formats, such as: | | XDF (http://xml.gsfc.nasa.gov/XDF/XDF_home.html ) | XSIL (http://www.cacr.caltech.edu/SDA/xsil/ ) | or | ESML (http://esml.itsc.uah.edu/ ) | | The intention is that some of this supplementary data could be XSLT | formatted into, for instance, tables inserted at appropriate placeholder | positions in the body text of the article. | I don't know what the form of those placeholders would need to be, open | for suggestions... | The default processing expectation would be to otherwise ignore everything | within the <supplement>ary data section. But for browsing DocBook XML, | (with Netscape!) it would be nice if the raw <supplement>ary data could | also be viewed in some kind of generic hierarchical mode, with collapsible | and expandable branch nodes (in the manner of XMLSpy?). Can you provide a concrete example of what you might want to put in supplement? It sounds like this is stuff that belongs in <info>, but I'm not sure I really understand what you want to put in there. | Secondly it would also be nice to be able to take something akin to the | DocBook Website autolayout.xml file, describing all articles in a given | journal issue or topic map, an olink.xml database (or connection to such) | and the raw XML DocBook <article> and format that with a hierarchical | table of contents. | The aforementioned embedded collapsible <supplement> hierarchy would | appear at the end of the article body. Yes, I think it would be handy to have an external ToC format that could pull pieces together. I'm thinking of building something like this. But probably not before I come back from vacation. Be seeing you, norm -- Norman Walsh <email@example.com> | Men of genius do not excel in any http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | profession because they labor in Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | it, but they labor in it because | they excel.--William Hazlitt