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[whatwg] X/HTML5 and DocBook

From: Martin Atkins <mart@degeneration.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 19:26:01 +0000
Message-ID: <45DC9CC9.4080409@degeneration.co.uk>
David Latapie wrote:
> Hello,
> I never used it, but a common complaint about DocBook is that there is 
> too much tags.
> Now, considering how microformats seems to be the Next Big Thing? (and 
> we are talking quite a lot on this ML about this technology), could 
> someone with a background in DocBook tell me (us) how 
> X/HTML5+microformats differs from DocBook?
> Please remember I may have wrong ideas about DocBook (or about X/HTML5, 
> for that matter).

I believe the "Simplified DocBook" DTD was invented to address the 
concern that DocBook was too complicated. I've seen Simplified DocBook 
as an attempt to get an "HTML-like" simplicity while retaining the 
powerful structured nature of DocBook documents.

HTML5 comes at this from the other perspective, to a certain extent: 
while Simplified DocBook scaled down DocBook to be more like HTML, HTML5 
adds structure elements to HTML to make it a bit more like DocBook in 
many respects.

Of course, that's not all HTML5 does. Many of HTML5's new features are 
not for "documents" at all, but rather for web applications.
Received on Wednesday, 21 February 2007 11:26:01 UTC

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