On Thu, 22 Nov 2007 12:31:13 -0500, Mike Maxwell <maxwell@...>
> I've been having trouble getting tables to come out well using the
> DocBook -> dblatex -> LaTeX path. Someone suggested that I look into
> using ConTeXt instead of LaTeX.
It could be interesting to know the troubles. Maybe there's a chance to
improve the dblatex table support?
> There are a number of considerations, one of which is the conversion
> path from DocBook to ConTeXt. Looking at dblatex.sourceforge.net, it
> appears that dbcontext hasn't been worked on in the last year. My
> suspicion is that this doesn't mean dbcontext is perfect :-), but rather
> that it's become a lower priority than dblatex. I don't see much "out
> there" when I google 'dbcontext', either.
> Can someone enlighten me? Is dbcontext dead? If so, are there other
> ways to go from DocBook to ConTeXt?
No, dbcontext is just dormant, and the priority only goes to the users.
Since most of people use latex, I work on dblatex. I'd be happy to improve
dbcontext if someone requires something. Dbcontext is dormant because the
users are close to 0, and because context changes so quickly that I can
hardly have a system up to date.
To be pragmatic, my advice is:
- check if you have context installed,
- check if the context version is >= to the version used to validate
dbcontext (it's important because lower version woud probably not work),
- install dbcontext in a temporary directory, and give a try.
dbcontext is not perfect but it can already do a good job (have you seen
the examples?). Don't hesitate to ask or report bugs. It's a good occasion
to come up to a 0.2 release ;-)