Dear DocBook Gurus (or at least, more experienced users than me!)
I want to refer to taxonomic names -- genus, species, etc. -- in my
DocBook documents. By convention, these are _always_ set in italics,
and if mine are not, then I will just look ignorant. What should I
The closest thing I could find to a "correct" answer was something
but that doesn't get any typographical treatment, so it's useless to
me. (The default HTML conversion of this just gives me <SPAN
class="phrase">, discarding the genus/species information, so I can't
use CSS to get the typography I need.)
Then I wondered about <foreignphrase>, but first that's not really
quite accurate, and second, the Processing Expectations section in the
book just says "ForeignPrases are _often_ given special typographical
treatment, such as italics" (emphasis added) which isn't good enough.
I can't even cheat by falling back to an <italic> markup -- there's no
such thing, and I fully understand the reasons why -- and <emphasize>
hedges over its typographical representation for presumably the same
What's a poor boy to do?
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <mi...@miketaylor.org.uk> www.miketaylor.org.uk
)_v__/\ Ich spreche nicht Deutsch, ausgenommen diesen Satz.