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IBM developerWorks: A gentle guide to DocBook - How to use the portable document creator

Oct 10, 2000, 21:24 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This article explains what DocBook is and how to create a simple document using DocBook. Joe Brockmeier walks you through creating a document and using SGML-tools Lite to parse the document and make HTML, PostScript, plain-text, and PDF versions of the document. He also includes further references on DocBook and tips on where to find SGML-tools lite and other DocBook tools."

"DocBook is a markup language defined by an SGML or XML document type definition (DTD). Basically, DocBook is a set of tags that describe a document's structure. DocBook tags are similar to HTML tags, so if you've done any HTML, then DocBook won't be entirely foreign to you. DocBook is a bit more involved than HTML, but it is also much more useful than plain HTML because it facilitates the rendering of multiple formats from a single document. This article will describe how to create a simple article (document) in DocBook and how to use SGML-tools Lite to render several types of file-formats from that document."

"DocBook has been around, in one form or another, since 1991. Originally DocBook was created to help exchange UNIX documentation. Since then DocBook gone through four major versions and now is under the guidance of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, better known as OASIS...."

"Occasionally, the term DocBook is also used as a catchall term to describe the markup language and the tools used to convert DocBook documents into other formats. Technically, DocBook is only the DTD, but without SGML-tools Lite and other conversion tools DocBook isn't quite as useful."

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