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Subject: Re: Running heads in chapters, sections and sidebars

Lech Rzedzicki <lech@kode1100.com> writes:
> I hope that this is common enough scenario and that there is Docbook
> markup or best practice that I am simply unaware of to capture
> 'running heads' - that is recurring words, phrases, images, generally
> 'themes' that, in printed output usually appear somewhere at the top
> or with a different bacground and typically span the whole section or
> a chapter or a para.
> Some examples of this would be:
> in a book about environment, every few pages there is a section, each
> time with a different title, but with a recurring theme called "Human
> Impact"

You could store the theme in the info with the title, for example in
bibliomisc. With a role if need be.

> another example:
> in a DIY book there is a "PRO Tip" every now and then

And those get rendered in the running head? Well, a pro tip sounds
like a tip to me, perhaps with a role.

> I don't want to too prescriptive about the rendering, but typically
> such text gets rendered somewhere, in addition to a title or instead
> of a title if there isn't one.
> I think what I am looking for is something similar to subtitle element
> that could be applied to pretty much any block element, be it para or
> a chapter and also something that, ideally gets picked up the the Open
> Toolkit.
> I am open to suggestions, including ones that require modifying the
> schema as we are already using a modified Publishers SC schema.

I don't think the stylesheets currently do anything with running heads
except perhaps chapter titles.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | Anyone can do any amount of work
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | provided it isn't the work he is
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | supposed to be doing at the
                                   | moment.--Robert Benchley

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