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Subject: DocBook SCs (was: marking up a play)
Scott Hudson wrote: > There isn't a "play" element, but we've added dialogue and poetry. > Take a look at those and the samples. First I'd heard that there was a DocBook subcommittee(s?) for other kinds of documents. I went to what I guess is the webpage for this subcommittee: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=docbook-publishers (there's a page at www.oasis-open.org/committees/, but it seems to be more general than DocBook). The above page looks to be rather out of date (next meeting is 2 May last year, and the links to the SC Charter and the FAQ are broken). Then there's http://shudson310.blogspot.com/2007/03/docbook-subcommittee-for-publishers.html which talks about "official DocBook variant_s_" (emphasis mine). Where are the other variants described, and is there a timeframe for them? Where can I go to find out more? The mailing list archives require a SourceForge account to view them, which I suppose I can create, but which seems superfluous for read-only access. I'll also mention that one of the things that bothers me about the current DocBook is that it seems to be so oriented towards computer documentation. Of course one can pare it down, but I wonder why all those computer-related tags in there in the first place, instead of in one or more separate add-in modules? In other words, I would like to use DB for my purpose (grammar writing) by taking a bare-bones DB and adding any modules I might need, rather than taking a "fat" DB and modifying my local schema to omit all the tags I don't need. Along these lines, the Scope of Work on the SC webpage mentions *adding* "support for features specific to the publishing industry." My personal hope is that these additions stay in add-in modules, rather than increasing the size of the existing DB standard. Of course maybe I misunderstand, and my doubts are being addressed in some other way. -- Mike Maxwell "We signify something too narrow when we say: Man is a grammatical animal. For although there is no animal except man with a knowledge of grammar, yet not every man has a knowledge of grammar." --Martianus Capella, "The Seven Liberal Arts" P.S. Scott: I may be old, but I don't take a metal detector to the beach. Yet.