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Action Item: paragraph on "need to document" for BP14 (cf. http://www.w3.org/2007/08/15-i18nits-minutes.html#action03)

From: Lieske, Christian <christian.lieske@sap.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:04:19 +0200
Message-ID: <544FBEB6875DAA46A08323B58D26B8010222D688@dewdfe14.wdf.sap.corp>
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Dear all,

I worked on my action item 'Christian to come up with a paragraph on "need
to document" for BP14 [recorded in
http://www.w3.org/2007/08/15-i18nits-minutes.html#action03])'.
 
Here's my proposal:

===
Why do this?

Although some XML vocabularies are easy to understand or process, often
explicit information about the vocabularies is helpful or even necessary. If
the vocabulary is to be used in a multilingual context (eg. kept when
translating during languages) it is usually of high importance to provide
specific information which pertains to aspects such as which elements
contain translatable content. General information on purpose, general
structure, and semantics of node types (elements and attributes in most
cases) very often is not sufficient. In a way, this need for explicit
information boils down to the "Document your code" dictum which is being
hammered into anyone involved in computer science.

In an XML world it should come naturally to use a well-defined structured
format to capture information. Accordingly, DocBook for example has been
used to document XSL. With regard to information related
internationalization and translation, ITS rules files are a good choice for
providing information:

1. ITS rules cover many important aspects related to internationalization
and translation.

2. ITS rules capture information precisely (selectors for example identify
to which nodes a data category pertains).

3. ITS rules can be processed by ITS-aware applications.

4. ITS rules can easily be combined with additional structured information
(e.g. related to version control; see example below).

<myFormatInfo
  xmlns:its="http://www.w3.org/2005/11/its" >
 <desc>ITS rules used by the Open University</desc>
 <hostVoc>http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0</hostVoc>
 <rulesId>98ECED99DF63D511B1250008C784EFB1</rulesId>
 <rulesVersion>v 1.81 2006/03/28 07:43:21</rulesVersion> ...
 <its:rules version="1.0">
  <its:translateRule selector="//header" translate="no"/>
  <its:translateRule selector="//term" translate="no"/>
  <its:termRule selector="//term" term="yes"/>
  <its:withinTextRule withinText="yes" selector="//term | //b"/>
 </its:rules>
</myFormatInfo>
=== 
Cheers,
Christian

Christian Lieske
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