Subject: Re: bin/7249
To: Oleg Polyanski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 07/19/2000 14:40:07
On 19 Jul 2000, Oleg Polyanski wrote:
> Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I think SGML (DocBook DTD when we speak about programming or system
> documentation) would be the best choice: ability to get in the output
> almost any reasonable format (plain text, TeX, html, xml, PostScript,
> PDF or what you really want) is a big win. I see only two dark sides:
> * converting between SGML and requested format is relatively slow
> especially on the old or slow technique (but we could have at least
> preformatted text manuals and use them instead of direct SGML
> processing). Even more, PostScript and PDF require TeX installed
> * SGML processor should imported into system source tree and requires
> maintaining. At least sometimes.
I think these dark sides are quite dark actually. :-) While I think
DocBook is great for how-to's & such, I don't think we're there yet for
turning all of the man pages into it.
Needing TeX in the base install is a big downer. While I LOVE LaTeX and
would use it almost exclusivly, I don't think it's appropriate for the
Are there any SGML editing tools? There's LyX for LaTeX, but I've seen
nothing for SGML or DocBook.
Also, to further muddle the waters, you can get DocBook for xml too. :-)