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Re: [opensuse-doc] Thread summary and announcement [was:The openSUSE distribution chages are way ahead of documentation?]
  • From: Thomas Schraitle <thomas.schraitle@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 21:03:26 +0200
  • Message-id: <200610052103.26929.thomas.schraitle@xxxxxxx>
Hallo Alexey,

On Thursday 05 October 2006 20:18, Alexey Eremenko wrote:
>
> About DocBook:
> One thing that afraids me is that I know *no* software that can edit
> DocBook.

There are lots of XML editors! You can find a list here[1] that support
DocBook, both free and commercial. Most users probably use Emacs/PSGML
for XML authoring although it is not restricted to that editor. Purists
prefer vi. ;)


> If OpenOffice can make DocBooks, or there is other user-friendly
> software to do that then ok.

Define "user-friendly". ;)

WYSYWYG (What you see is what you get) editors are nice to write some
letters to your grandma. From my experience they distract you from your
text, because you are more busy layouting your text than writing it. :)
(Ok, I stretched my argument a bit.)

It takes maybe some time to get used to it. However, what you gain in
efficiency, speed and portability is invaluable. Of course, DocBook would
be too much just for writing a letter (although it is possible.)

OpenOffice.org (OOo) *can* export to DocBook---however that doesn't mean
that it creates meaningful DocBook XML. OOo can not enforce the structure
like a real XML editor. Exporting to XML and writing in XML are two
different things.


> [...]


Bye,
Tom

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[1] http://wiki.docbook.org/topic/DocBookAuthoringTools


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