formatting tools for Docbook

Bill Campbell freebsd at
Fri Jun 16 17:52:29 UTC 2006

On Fri, Jun 16, 2006, Chuck Robey wrote:
>Bob Johnson wrote:
>>On 6/15/06, Chuck Robey <chuckr at> wrote:
>>>Greg Barniskis wrote:
>>>> Chuck Robey wrote:
>>>docs, because then no one else would be able to use my documents.  Am I
>>>wrong in considering the FDP generated documentation as being in that
>>>category, not terribly uselful outside the FreeBSD project.
>>I believe you are wrong, or I misunderstand the question.
>>I haven't used XML DocBook, but I've used DocBook with DSSSL.  I
>>assume what you are really asking is not whether the FreeBSD
>>extensions to the DocBook markup language are a problem (they aren't),
>>but whether the stylesheets used by FreeBSD are compatible with those
>>on other systems.  They are (or they claim to be, as I said I haven't
>>actually used the XML/XSL tools yet).
>Look, how come you won't follow politely formed requests?  I've asked 
>now repeatedly, if you haven't yourself used the XML Docbook tools (not 
>just Docbook, not just your own private mission statement here) then 
>please to let this go, not to respond.  I wrote that same request to my 
>very first email.  How come you can't react politely to a polite request?

I use docbook xml for many things here on a FreeBSD 4.8 system
(yeah I know it's out of date, but its uptime is 723 days :-).

I'm using the OpenPKG portable packaging system's versions of
docbook, openjade, tetex along with docbook-toys from SuSE Linux.

docbook-toys is a set of scripts, db2dvi, db2html, db2pdf, etc.
which provide simple interfaces to openjade and jadetex.

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