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From "Ivelin Ivanov" <ive...@apache.org>
Subject Re: DocBook vs Open eBook
Date Sat, 01 Jun 2002 15:13:56 GMT

Useful feedback Rob, maybe that's why Open eBook guys started from scratch.

What do you think of Open eBook?

Ivelin

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Koberg" <rob@koberg.com>
To: <forrest-dev@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: DocBook vs Open eBook


> Hi,
>
> Ivelin Ivanov wrote:
>
> >Does someone know the difference between these two standards initiatives:
> >http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/docbook/
> >http://www.oasis-open.org/cover/openEbook.html
> >
> >They both seem to have industry backing while at the same time overlap
quite
> >a bit.
> >
> >Also, why don't we use one of these two for our documentation instead of
> >maintaining proprietary DTDs. There are tools on the market for WYWIWYG
> >editing of both of these standards, which can make doc writing easier.
And
> >of course there are XLSTs for rendering to media from XHTML to voxml to
PDF.
> >
>
> I have experience with docbook, and I would say stay away from docbook.
> - docbook is for writing technical books
> - docbook is huge and covering all the possible combinations (which Norm
> Walsh has done) is a pain to say the least.
> - many ways to structure the XML and still be valid
> - it (Norm's XSL) uses a hell of alot of includes
>
> There is a simple version maintained by Norm. This might suit needs
> better, but, really it is for books - not websites.
>
> best,
> -Rob
>
>


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