variables in xml workflow

Subject: variables in xml workflow
From: "Samuel Wright" <lykoszine -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:09:08 +0100

Hi All,

I'm curious if anyone has a particular methodology for using variables
in an xml (docbook/dita/other) workflow.

A straight text replace is easy enough if you _make sure_ that your
variable strings are not used elsewhere, but what about a more
granular xml aware search? One that can apply a variable to an xml doc
and all included files for ex (a topic map and included topics for

In this manner I could reuse the same topic twice, with different
variables in each. Bonus points if you can do it to sub elements of a
tree, so that one could reuse the topic above twice in the same
document, with different variables.

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