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Subject: Re: [docbook] Inclusion of fragments

You're probably after Docbook Transclusions [1]

Lech Rzedzicki

On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM, Peter Flynn <peter@silmaril.ie> wrote:
> I have an application (currently DB5 and XSLT2) which needs to generate
> some ancillary plaintext files along with the main transformation to
> HTML, LaTeX, and other targets. The main source files are all DB5
> chapter instances.
> The text for the ancillary files is in separate small DB5 documents
> common to all of the main instances. At certain points in each of them,
> values or fragments of text from the main document are required to be
> inserted, in order to customise the output. For example, in one of the
> ancillary docs:
> <para>This is the README file for the X series, dated Y.</para>
> where the main document contains the desired text for X in
> /chapter/info/bibliomisc[@role='series'] location, and the desired text
> for Y in /chapter/@revision.
> Other inclusions are more extensive: the introduction of each ancillary
> file must be the whole contents of /chapter/info/abstract.
> The markup for the X and Y points has not yet been chosen: olink is
> under consideration. The targets don't need to be given as XPaths: the
> markup for the main document can also be changed.
> There are clearly various ways of doing this with entity references,
> XInclude, assorted href-and-pointer mechanisms, dyn:evaluate, and
> doubtless others; but I wondered if anyone has experience and advice on
> the neatest and simplest, bearing in mind that all the references in the
> ancillary files will be to locations in the main document already being
> processed, not in other external documents.
> ///Peter
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