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From: Felix Sasaki <fsasaki@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 20:09:27 +0900
Message-ID: <429EE8E7.60704@w3.org>
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, Yves Savourel <ysavourel@translate.com>, public-i18n-its@w3.org

Hi Richard and Yves, hi all,

I made a change to xmlspec (the dtd we are using for editing 
specifications in the W3C [0] ), it does not concern any element / 
attribute declaration, but since the changes in the xmlspec-i18n.dtd 
file are rather heavy, I created a new version. You will find it under 
[1]. The only difference is that the default attribute "version" at the 
spec element now has the value "002".

See the file i18n-extensions.mod [2] for last changes. All i18n 
extensions for parameter entities have been seperated into the file 
"i18n-extensions.mod". The comments on the extensions and the change log 
is in this file as well. The respective element declarations are in the 
file "i18n-elements.mod" [3]. They are invoked by the parameter entities 
%i18n-extensions; and %i18n-elements;. Due to the order of XML DTD 
processing it is necessary to put %i18n-extensions; BEFORE the parameter 
entity definitions in the xmlspec-i18n.dtd, and %i18n-elements; at the 
end of the file.
With the separation of the i18n declarations into separate parameter 
entities it is now possible to evoke and stop certain i18n features 
seperately. Buy using a statement like <!ENTITY % local.emph.class 
"IGNORE">, the respective parameter entites are ignored, and the 
original definition in the xmlspec-i18n.dtd is evoked.

This modularization technique (which is very common e.g. in Docbook or 
the TEI [4]) makes it easier to separte the i18n extensions from the 
original tag set,  or - speaking in ITS terms - to have a mechanism for 
separating an its tag set from the original dtd. So this is one solution 
of our problem, which will also be discussed in the extreme paper / the 
project review. If you have some comments already, let me know.

Best, Felix.

[0] http://www.w3.org/2002/xmlspec/#spec29
[1] http://www.w3.org/International/xmlspec/002/xmlspec-i18n.dtd
[2] http://www.w3.org/International/xmlspec/002/i18n-extensions.mod
[3] http://www.w3.org/International/xmlspec/002/i18n-elements.mod
[4] http://www.tei-c.org
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