I think it would benefit the community to create a new
"person" element with a class attribute (to include
author, editor, copyeditor, graphicdesigner, other,
productioneditor, technicaleditor, translator) that
provides a more generally applicable usage than the
current author, editor and othercredit elements.
This would be useful in many scenarios when you need to
describe a person or role that is not as obscure as
Possible applications could include generating employee
directories, describing roles of individuals required
in certain procedures (factory assembly, real-time
procedures such as launch or activity), etc.
For DocBook 5.0, I'd like to see author, editor and
othercredit deprecated in favor of the more general