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From Berin Loritsch <blorit...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [Docs] General Planning
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2001 17:42:36 GMT
Ovidiu Predescu wrote:
> 
> 
> Few comments:
> 
> 1) What's the point in using DocBook if we are not using all its
> features?

I am of the philosophy of develop what you need when you need it.  I
highly doubt we will be using all of DocBook.  And even if we do, we
will have specific generators and other nifty Cocoon specific things
that make developing the more difficult aspects of rendering DocBook
much easier than trying to do it with XSLT.

> 2) I bet one year down the road the DocBook stylesheets will be as
> complex as Norman Walsh's. We will slowly keep adding support for the
> missing tags, to the point our stylesheets very complex too. Also we
> need to generate XML FO for PDF documents. This will complicate the
> stylesheets even more.

I doubt it.  We will only end up adding support for tags we need--the
important subset is already done.  Also, things that are complex with
XSLT are easy with Generators or specific Transformers.

Also, XSL:FO would have it's own stylesheet.  I have checked the output
from Norm's stylesheet.  It doesn't look good.  FOP has trouble with
some of the tags generated, and the text is smashed together.  You will
find that it is a bit easier to start from scratch sometimes.

> IMO we should not spend our time and energy developing them, and
> instead focus on what's important. If we can use DocBook-XSL we should
> try to use it.

Well, we have a starting point with the important stuff in Avalon.
That is a low cost to get started.  I found it _easier_ to develop my
own solution than to try to use Norm's

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