DOCBOOK XSLTPROC PDF

More paragraph text. But why bother learning DocBook in a time when simpler alternatives exist? Why bother with a markup language at all when you can instead impose a little structure to your otherwise plain text and end up with highly portable, computer- and human-readable data? Settle in.

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More paragraph text. But why bother learning DocBook in a time when simpler alternatives exist? Why bother with a markup language at all when you can instead impose a little structure to your otherwise plain text and end up with highly portable, computer- and human-readable data? Settle in. All will be revealed. Fail faster A distinct difference between working in simpler formats and working in DocBook is that DocBook tells you when you get something wrong.

And usually that feels good, because the result is that your document is rendered. What a great feeling. A distinct difference between working in simpler formats and working in DocBook is that DocBook tells you when you get something wrong. The reality of failing silently, though, is that it still failed. Maybe the error rendered correctly in the web version of your document, but incorrectly for the print version. DocBook, like all XML, is famously strict. Experiencing errors is never easy.

To get around that disappointment, most processors accept an option to temporarily ignore errors, such as --skip-validation, but ultimately failure is important. Failure identifies imperfections in your source and protects you from unpleasant surprises in your product. Easier than it looks DocBook sometimes has a reputation for being hard to learn. Do you want to write an article or a book?

Learning syntax from the original Markdown spec was often a process of trial and error, followed by a series of desperate internet searches, which meant wading through all the different Markdown flavors and parsers for the best applicable candidate for a correct answer. CommonMark , a project dedicated to defining a more arduous and strict specification, has helped, but users are often lulled into a false sense of security by how easy it is to learn the basics, only to find that achieving advanced results introduces a surprise learning curve.

Luckily, Markdown accepts HTML as a fallback markup option, and there are several tools and Markdown variants out there to make up for what the original spec lacks. The logic flow to learn something new in DocBook tends to be consistently simple: Go to the DocBook site. Find an appropriate tag in the master list.

Depending on how much you know about XML, there can be a few surprises, but the DocBook website clearly defines valid parent and child relationships for each and every tag, and each entry for each tag provides big blocks of examples. Semantics Finally, DocBook is important because it provides data about your data. DocBook tags provide semantic meaning to your words. A major phone company in New Zealand had been called Telecom for years.

The glitch was live on its website for several days before the obvious error was noticed and corrected. Classifying the information you write is important now and as technology develops.

This method emphasizes learning DocBook tags and syntax rather than building a complex and flexible tool chain. Open a text editor. Use whatever text editor you are most comfortable with, as long as it can save plain text files.

Open a web browser to DocBook 5. Copy the text in the example box and paste it into your text editor. Use the example text as a template and write something.

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