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Subject: Re: [docbook] Add topic element to DocBook?

"Johnson, Eric" <Eric.Johnson@iona.com>, 2006-10-26 20:06 -0400:

> Way back in the tech hay days, our company went on a big information
> mapping kick and now all of our documents have "blocks" as the base
> level of structure. We are using <simplesect> as the blocking element
> because blocks are atomic. Where does <topic> fit into this sort of
> information chunking? Is a <topic> a block or is it a higher level of
> structure?

I think it's identical to your "block". It's a unit or module of
content that can be reused in different combinations with other

> > As for <tasktopic>, didn't someone say you would be able to 
> > specifiy a topic type? So why not <topic topictype=task>?
> That seems like a much cleaner approach than the other suggestions.

Not if the content model of a task differs from that of a generic topic.



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