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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Include mechanism for forrest...
Date Tue, 18 Oct 2005 08:33:28 GMT
Erik Brakkee wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> David Crossley wrote:
> 
>>erik@brakkee.org wrote:
>>  
>>
>>>All in all, what do you think about this  proposal:
>>>- extend the xdoc DTD with an include element so that includes can be used out
of the box without breaking the DTD
>>>    
>>>
>>
>>We have a policy to only include new elements to the DTD that
>>are in line with XHTML2.

One of the reasons for moving to XHTML2 is that it is extensible through 
its modules, somewhat similar to what Erik was describing in this post.

Erik, if you can develop your extension ideas in line with the extension 
mechanisms in XHTML2 I think you will find us much more welcoming of 
your ideas ;-)

>>I am concerned about adding extra layers of processing to meet a small need.
>>Ross' idea about the internal plugin might suit.
>>  
>>
> I don't know about this mechanism because I am relatively new to 
> Forrest. Is this a 0.8 feature?

It was a new feature in 0.7. See 
http://forrest.apache.org/pluginDocs/plugins_0_70/usingPlugins.html

> Perhaps the extension mechanism I outlined above would be useful as an 
> extension mechanism for documents.

Yes, but only if we can make it fit within the XHTML2 extension 
mechanism. Note that using a plugin in Forrest and a module in the 
schema should address the concerns you raise with respect to source 
resolution (i.e. the plugin extends the sitemap to deal with the new 
schemas).

Ross

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