Re: Rant: Giving up on XML

Subject: Re: Rant: Giving up on XML
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com" <eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 08:09:07 +0530

Did you read my whole post, including the second point, where I
clearly use the words "toolchain" and "render," or did you just
selectively focus on and quote enough to support your own pet rant
about a tangentially-related peeve?

Anyway, since you apparently possess knowledge that is far beyond what
us ordinary mortals possess, perhaps you could tell us: Is there a way
of marking up text with DocBook, and then rendering with a particular
toolchain+stylesheet to produce an effect similar to that of a callout
in Word or Frame?


On 3/14/07, eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
<eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com> wrote:
> "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >Like: I can do callouts/drawing shapes and
> >annotations atop my screenshots in both Word and Frame; can I do
> >something similar in DocBook?
> And the original poster was looking how to define page size.
> The lack of comprehension of the basic reality that neither XML or Docbook
> are tools is astounding.
> Docbook and DITA are only definitions of how to markup text. Another "XML
> document" might be built using any DTD. What is supported and how it is
> supported depends on the tools used and the tool chain. Both Docbook and
> DITA can be produced using FrameMaker, or another tool or tool chain.
> Do we ask if HTML supports annotations or can output similar to Word or
> Frame? How do you get HTML to print on a specific page size? Of course not.
> You ask how IE, Firefox, plugins, HTML editors, content management systems,
> and the like import, export, render, and manage HTML files, codes, and
> scripts. It is the same for XML.
> To make any headway in learning XML and XML technologies you have to have to
> understand these most basic of principles first.

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