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Subject: Re: [docbook] Using @condition as a surrogate @profile

The condition attribute was designed for marking conditional text (called 
'profiling' in DocBook parlance, but unrelated to this profile attribute), 
so if you ever need to do conditional text processing you might run into 
conflicts.  You might instead use something like this:


I couldn't think of a better element than address, though.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Noah Slater" <nslater@tumbolia.org>
To: <docbook@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 4:50 AM
Subject: [docbook] Using @condition as a surrogate @profile

> Hey,
> I am doing some software that converts between DocBook and HTML and I 
> intend to
> publish both formats to the Web. Because I am making heavy use of @role
> attributes on <bibliorelation> elements in DocBook and @rel attributes on 
> <link>
> and <a> elements in HTML I would like to publish a profile for each 
> format.
> A profile is a concept borrowed from HTML, see:
>  The profile attribute of the HEAD specifies the location of a meta data
>  profile. The value of the profile attribute is a URI. User agents may use 
> this
>  URI in two ways:
>    * As a globally unique name. User agents may be able to recognize the 
> name
>      (without actually retrieving the profile) and perform some activity 
> based
>      on known conventions for that profile. For instance, search engines 
> could
>      provide an interface for searching through catalogs of HTML 
> documents,
>      where these documents all use the same profile for representing 
> catalog
>      entries.
>    * As a link. User agents may dereference the URI and perform some 
> activity
>      based on the actual definitions within the profile (e.g., authorize 
> the
>      usage of the profile within the current HTML document). This
>      specification does not define formats for profiles.
>                  - 
> http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/global.html#h-
> I would like to do something similar for my DocBook. I figured the best 
> way to
> do this was to overload the @condition attribute on the <articleinfo> 
> elements.
> Something like the following:
>  <article lang="en-gb">
>    <articleinfo condition="http://publish.gnu.org/profile/docbook";>
>      <title>Little Harmonic Labyrinth</title>
> Does this make sense? Can you think of a better way of doing it?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Noah Slater, http://tumbolia.org/nslater
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