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There may not be any beast that creates markup fragments, but why should
that stop you? I don't see how you can get the benefit of validation
unless you are validly writing to a DTD - hence the need for something
the application considers a complete document. You could take one of
two approaches, or a combination of the two...
Create a custom DTD that represents only the fragment you need... Make
<body> the root element, and specify everything within it. You could
probably modify your existing DTD rather easily to pull out the parents
of <body>. As you edit the "fragment" using that DTD makes the
application think it's a complete document.
Use the full DTD, but modify the SGML export/import. Believe me, every
WYSIWYG editor, in one way or another, transforms the the markup
representation into a binary representation - either in memory (typical
for browsers), in a temp file (ArborText???), or in a "native format"
file (FrameMaker+SGML, for example). Use the product's API to catch
that process, and on Save, only save the fragment you want - on Open,
wrap the fragment in a template of parent structure.
I don't think this is unusual... I have participated in projects that
managed fragments, and assembled them in books. Your biggest issue will
be finding a WYSIWYG system that generates truly unique IDREFS for all
these fragments - you will need to keep a database of serial numbers, or
some such thing. That's where a Doc Management product enters into the
Chris Despopoulos, maker of CudSpan Freeware...
Plugins to Enhance FrameMaker & FrameMaker+SGML
My URL and address have both changed - please use: http://www.telecable.es/personales/cud/
cud -at- telecable -dot- es
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