Re: [jats-list] Seeking Feedback from BITS Users

Subject: Re: [jats-list] Seeking Feedback from BITS Users
From: "Jennifer Flint jen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:38:44 -0000

I know this is a very late response, but I have been working with BITS
now for two years and can provide the following feedback:
1. The organization I work for uses <book> and retains all related parts
   within a single XML file.
2. Book parts are all contained within a single XML file in our
3. We are using the <toc> structure extensively (for List of Tables,
   List of Figures and Table of Contents) and we do make thorough use of
   index. We like the use of <nav-pointer> and use these point to a
   <target> within the XML in both cases.
4. We have used Q&A with one of our handbooks that contains exercises.
   We are pleased with the functionality of these tags.
5. We are pleased with the BITS DTD. The flexibility of the DTD has
   been a blessing for us since our linguistic content can be very
   complicated. Our only difficulty is with content that ends up
   tagged differently from book to book. For instance, some tagging
   vendors always use <index-group> (even if there is only one index)
   while others only use <index> without the group. Since both are
   permitted, we work to control this at the XSL level, and we've
   managed well thus far.
One thing that has come up repeatedly for us is the issue of <page-
start> and <page-end> tags for a printed page. I know that in the XML
world we are supposed to pretend that paginated layouts don't exist,
but we use the XML as the source for our PDFs, so we want a way to
identify where the content of each PDF page begins and ends within the
XML (since index entries are sometimes not referencing a specific
<target>, but rather an idea expressed on page 203. I know that <milestone-
start> and <milestone-end> are available, but those don't feel
semantically correct.
If you are looking for any additional targeted feedback, I would be
happy to provide it. I work with JATS/BITS on a daily basis and am happy
to help out!

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017, at 21:22, Beck, Jeff (NIH/NLM/NCBI) [E]
beck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:> Hello BITS users,


> We released BITS 2.0 in February 2016, and we would like to get some
> feedback on how the book-specific structures are being used. If you
> use BITS, could you take the time to answer these questions? You can
> forward your answers to me at jbeck@xxxxxxx, and I will collect them
> for the BITS Working Group.>

>  1. Are you using <book> or <book-part-wrapper> as your top level? If
>     <book-part-wrapper>, is it working well for you?>

>  1. Are you managing your books with multiple files and combining them
>     with Include? Is that working well for you?>

>  1. Are you using BITSb Table of Contents and Index features? Are they
>     working well for you?>

>  1. Are you using the Q&A structures? Are they working well for you?>

>  1. What could we improve in BITS to make it work better for you and
>     your books?>


> Thank you


> Jeff Beck

> jbeck@xxxxxxx

> 301-435-5992

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