Elements are generalized by examining the
@class attribute. When a
generalization process detects that an element belongs to one of the modules that is being
generalized, the element is renamed to a more general form.
For example, the
<step> element has a
@class attribute value of "- topic/li task/step ". If the
task module is being generalized, the
<step> element is renamed to its
more general form from the topic module:
For specific concerns when generalizing structural types with dependencies on non-ancestor modules, see Generalization with cross-specialization dependencies.
While the tag name of a given element is normally the same as the type name of the last token
@class value, this is not required. For
example, if a generalization process has already run on the element, the
@class attribute could contain tokens from two or more modules based on
the original specialization. In that case, the element name could already match the first
token or an intermediate token in the
@class attribute. A second
generalization process could end up renaming the element again or could leave it alone,
depending on the target module or document type.
To determine compatibility between a document instance and a target document type when resolving
a conref reference, a generalization processor can use the
@class attributes for the document instance and the
attribute for the target document type to determine how to rename elements in the resolved instance.
For each element type, a generalization processor:
@classattribute from specific to general, inspecting the vocabulary modules.
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