Balisage Series on Markup Technologies

ISSN 1947-2609

Volume 24: Proceedings of the Symposium on Markup Vocabulary Customization

ISBN-13 978-1-935958-19-2

Symposium on Markup Vocabulary Customization

Washington, DC

July 29, 2019

Chair: Syd Bauman

Many shared XML vocabularies are built to be customized. Users are provided with a vocabulary, a grammar, and some documentation; various aspects of any or all of these may be modifiable by the user. Customization mechanisms often include methods to:

Not all vocabularies provide all customization capabilities, and they frequently provide them via different mechanisms.

This symposium will examine various customization mechanisms and their ecosystems. How are structures added, subtracted, or changed? Are customization tools provided? Is there support for documenting customizations? Can a user know which customizations would “break” the tool or vocabulary? Can you easily compare a customization to the base vocabulary? To another customization?

Experts on several well-known XML markup vocabularies for textual documents will compare and contrast the customization mechanisms those provide, followed by an interactive session in which panelists answer questions on customization from the attendees. Languages will include: Akoma Ntoso, DITA, DocBook, JATS, and TEI.


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