6/15/01 3:41:47 PM, Peter Flynn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>On Fri, 15 Jun 2001, Jacob wrote:
>> Funded by the EU, we are going to develop a standard format
>> for health informational pages. The intention with this
>> format is to allow different health informational systems
>> on the Internet to exchange and re-use each other's web
>> The format will probably be based on XML, with the text
>> itself in XHMTL, possibly a restricted XHTML with certain
>> guidelines on how to use the HTML tags.
>> Is there anything special I should think about when doing
>> this. I am already aware of Dublin Core and will look at it.
>Look at the HL7 initiative (www.hl7.org).
My understanding of Jacob's intended application is that it involves "health news and education"
materials, not the patient-specific information that HL7 addresses. It sounds like a "document"
application rather than a "data" application.
>I really don't think using XHTML is a good idea if you want
>to be able to re-use the documents: it simply doesn't let
>the author express enough *about* the document to be useful.
>An agreed DTD would allow the information pieces to be
>properly labelled, and you can still serve HTML via Cocoon
>or something to those outside the profession while letting
>those who need serious re-use have access to the source XML.
For expressing common editorial structures (paragraphs, lists, etc.) in text, it makes a lot of
sense to base the document-type design on common XHTML modules with extensions as needed rather
than trying to re-invent the wheel. The key is to use XHTML markup only to express purely
editorial structure, and use the extensions to express more specific information.