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Subject: Re: [docbook] Including multiple elements

You could use a system entity reference.  System entities do not have to be 
well-formed XML documents, and they are processed by every XML parser.  However, they 
do have to be declared before being used.

<!DOCTYPE article [
<!ENTITY exampleA SYSTEM "programlisting.xml">
    <title>My example</title>

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Remko Tronçon" <remko@el-tramo.be>
To: <docbook@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 4:47 AM
Subject: [docbook] Including multiple elements

> Hi,
> Is there a clean way to put multiple elements to include in a document
> into one file?
> For example, I have the following toplevel file:
>  <article>
>    <example>[...]</example>
>  </article>
> At the place of the [...], I want to insert a generated
> <programlisting/> and <calloutlist/> (which belong together, and
> therefore are generated in one file). I'm currently doing it like
> this:
> <article>
>  <example>
>    <include xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude";
> href="programlisting.xml"
> xpointer="xpointer(//programlisting|//calloutlist)"/>
>  </example>
> </article>
> Where programlisting.xml looks like this:
> <foo>
>  <programlisting>...</programlisting>
>  <calloutlist>...</calloutlist>
> </foo>
> The drawbacks are that
> a) The dummy 'foo' element is ugly
> b) this uses xpointer, which not all processors support
> I was hoping I could replace <foo/> by some container element like
> <div/> in HTML, such that I could xinclude the whole document, but
> there is no such element in DocBook AFAIK.
> Is there a cleaner alternative (except for splitting both up into 2 files)?
> thanks,
> Remko
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