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Subject: RE: markup for mediaobject parameters

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Norman Walsh [mailto:ndw@nwalsh.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, 2011 August 30 15:08
> To: Grosso, Paul
> Cc: docbook@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: markup for mediaobject parameters
> "Grosso, Paul" <pgrosso@ptc.com> writes:
> > By the way, both videodata and audiodata have a @format
> > attribute whose declared value is an enumerated list
> > consisting of graphic types.  This is pretty useless,
> > since video and audio objects are not graphics.
> In what version of DocBook?

In 4.x.  (There are users still using that version.)

> In 5.0, it's just text:
>    [
>       db:refpurpose [ "Specifies the format of the data" ]
>    ]
>    attribute format { text }?,

That's good.

> > Or we could just drop the @format attribute and plan
> > to use the (proposed) general param mechanism which is
> > what I have to do at present anyway.
> Well, if your stylesheet can copy the format attribute to the HTML
> param, I think I prefer that for the common stuff, but I won't fuss
> too much.

I agree, I'd rather use the format attribute for what it appears
to have been designed for.  So we can do that in 5.x but not in 4.x.

> Could I persuade you to make a concrete proposal for the changes that
> you'd like to see?

Sure I'd be willing to do that, but probably not until the late
time frame.  I gather you're only interested in a 5.x solution which
means I'll probably still have to invent my own 4.x solution (which is
pretty much what I've outlined already).


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