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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: DocBook
Date Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:32:59 GMT
Jason Foster wrote:
> There has been a long thread on
> regarding difficulties in creating a full DocBook toolchain.  Having just
> discovered the wonders of the Cocoon "mount" subdirectory, and given that
> DocBook has been mentioned in a few emails here, I had the following silly
> idea:
> Why not include, as a part of the standard Cocoon distribution, a "docbook"
>   subdirectory, along with the DocBook stylesheets?  The following URLs
> would be defined:
> .../cocoon/docbook/mydocument.docbook -> shows a "tidied" view of the
> source document
> .../cocoon/docbook/ -> shows a "tidied" view of the resulting
> FO transformation
> .../cocoon/docbook/mydocument.html -> show the result of FO->HTML
> .../cocoon/docbook/mydocument.pdf -> show the result of FO->PDF
> .../cocoon/docbook/mydocument.rtf -> show the result of FO->RTF
> If I remember my matchers and selectors correctly, this should all be
> doable in a single pipeline.
> What does this add to the distribution?
>    - a small change to the default sitemap
>    - the DocBook XSL stylesheets
>    - (optionally) a FO->RTF renderer
>    - (possibly) some entries in the catalog resolver
> What does this do for Cocoon and the wider community?
>    - provides a "drop-in" DocBook toolchain,
>        - Download & install Tomcat; Download Cocoon and copy cocoon.war;
> copy DocBook file; done!
>    - showcases Cocoon to the DocBook community
>    - prepares us for future documentation work
> Not having proven that this can work (yet!), it nonetheless looks like a
> nice way to promote Cocoon, prepare for our own documentation, and make
> life easier for a lot of people (including me).  Someone out there in
> Cocoon-land must have proven that Cocoon can handle DocBook, and if it can'
> t I would consider this a problem, and so the work required to implement
> this shouldn't be that bad.
> Thoughts?

I'll be +1 on accepting this donations, but don't count me on helping
out directly.

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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