DocBook and Structured FM 7.1

Subject: DocBook and Structured FM 7.1
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:15:04 -0700


I'm starting up a project to use structured FM 7.1 for manuals that will
convert easily into DocBook XML. I want to gain some of the ease-of-use
that structured FM provides, and I also want the option to re-use my
work throughout our company. I'm not thinking of something as formal as
single-sourcing, which is one reason I'm not seriously contemplating
DITA at the moment.

I know the previous paragraph is going to evoke surprise, outrage, and
commentary, and so be it.

Here is my question:

Should I hand-write my own FM EDD that contains elements corresponding
to all the DocBook elements I want to use, or should I make a one-off
DTD that subsets the official DocBook DTD, and then automatically
generate the EDD from the one-off?

I know that XML allows me to *extend* the DocBook DTD, but does it allow
me to *restrict* the DTD as well?

I know that I don't want a FM EDD with every DocBook element in it; that
would be a disaster!


TuVox, Inc.
19050 Pruneridge Avenue Suite 150, Cupertino, CA 95014-0715

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.


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