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Re: [xsl] Implementing Conditional Text

Subject: Re: [xsl] Implementing Conditional Text
From: Graydon <graydon@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:01:22 -0400

On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 01:50:49PM +0200, Wolfgang Laun scripsit:
> The OP's terms "publications XML", "source documents" and "author" convey
> (to me) the image of an authoring system like docbook, where all of
> the output is already in the input. So, there isn't an "output format"
> where alternatives would be placed.

While I may certainly have mistyped, I meant "output formatting", or
better "output processing", rather than "output format". 

The output processing being what you do (hopefully in a completely
automated way!) to get the (nominally archival, the thing the people
working on the content search and retain) XML content into the format
("output format"; could be anything, typically print or HTML of some
kind) the customer sees.

Even when you get a provided set of output processing (Docbook or the
DITA toolkit, say) you can generally amend or extend it to handle cases
like a new kind of conditional text.  And since there was mention of not
wanting to sully the DTD, I think it very likely that the DTD at least
is local and entirely under their control, so it's likely the output
processing is, too.

Graydon Saunders        XML tools and processes for information delivery.

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