WYSIWYG editor for DocBook?

Murray Stokely murray at stokely.org
Mon May 5 15:48:55 UTC 2008

On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 9:31 PM, Joe Kraft <jvk-list at thekrafts.org> wrote:
> I'm looking to break into the documentation writing/maintaining area and
>  have been looking through the recommended tools to do that.  I figure the
>  best way to break into it is to start writing some stuff for myself to
>  document how I maintain my system and such.  I'd like to do it in the same
>  style as the FreeBSD documentation to build up my comfort levels before
>  working with the real docs.
>  On the topic of editors, I'm wondering if there is a good editor that will
>  show a final-ish product based on the tags.  Perferably one that would
>  allow me to look at the tags directly also, but basically something that I
>  could just select the style I want it to come out in.
>  Way back when I was writing HTML, I used an editor called HotDog which had
>  similar features and I kind of liked that way of working.
>  Any thoughts, recommendations?

I've never used a WYSIWYG editor for DocBook, but I have found psgml
with emacs to be an enormous timesaver.  Even if all you ever use is
its keyboard shortcut to close the current tag you'll save an enormous
amount of typing. It also fully understands the DTD so will only allow
elements or attributes that make sense in the current part of the

There are some commercial editors for XML that might be worth investigating.

        - Murray

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