DocBook V5.0b9

Volume 9, Issue 104; 26 Oct 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

This is the ninth test release of DocBook V5.0.

This release includes a few bug fixes and a small enhancement.

  1. Fixed RFE 1537424: Allow jobtitle inline.

  2. Fixed typo; titles are now required on task, consistent with DocBook V4.x.

  3. Fixed RFE 1554914: Make targetdoc attribute on olink optional.

  4. Fixed RFE 1568417: Don't generate duplicate Schematron rules.

  5. Fixed RFE 1568419: Inverted Schematron assertion for termdef.

Two issues stand between us and completion of 5.0 as an official release: allowing arbitrary metadata in info elements and topics. I encourage you to join the discussion. And also, as always, to test V5.0 on your documents.


Just to be annoying, I'll comment here rather than on the list, but feel free to repost this to the list.

1) Allowing foreign elements and attributes is a Good Thing. Specific element wrappers for them are an Unnecessary Thing; processors that don't understand foreign elements and attributes should quietly ignore them.

2) I don't know if this fits the spirit of DocBook or not, but how about a marker attribute ("topic", presumably) that indicates that this section or sect1 or simplesect or task is a topic? All descendants would be part of the same topic until we find another marker. That way, those who care about topics can readily find and process them, and those who do not, need not do anything with them.

—Posted by John Cowan on 26 Oct 2006 @ 09:01 UTC #


I'm afraid your second point look like a DITAization of DocBook ! Is it ?


—Posted by Mohamed Zergaoui on 30 Oct 2006 @ 04:25 UTC #

Mohamed, follow the "topics" link above for the thread to which John's comment applies.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 30 Oct 2006 @ 04:31 UTC #