> Matthew Walton (matthew@...) wrote:
>> I can do DocBook (well, I'd have to learn it properly, but I'm happy
>> with XML so it wouldn't be particularly hard). It's a good choice as
>> the conversion programs are already available and generally work well
> Well, with e.g. AbiWord & e.g. OO it is also possible to get nice
Possible, but in my experience not very easy.
> LaTeX still produce better output than FO tools (FOP is still on
> 0.20.5) and it means introducing dependance on Java (that's why I did
> recommend OO 2.0).
LaTeX is great :-) It's also possible to do DocBook->LaTeX conversion, so
FO isn't necessary if we happened to want PDF.
>>- plus if we need some other output format we can nick an existing
>>parser and have half the work done for us.
> What do we need beside web - (X)HTML & PDF?
I'm not sure we even need PDF, but it doesn't hurt to keep one's options
> And why fiddling with parser to re-invent the wheel, i.e. there are
> plenty filters available for both AbiWord & txt2tags.
> DocBook requires too steep learning curve and I'm nt sure what benefit
> it brings ? (that's my opinion on the general hype about XML as well
XML isn't perfect, but it's useful. DocBook's main appeal is that it is an
existing system capable of handling our needs (and more, which expresses
itself in the complexity).
>> I'm not fond of the idea of using AbiWord - I don't get on at all with
>> word processors of any sort, or at least, not with any I've tried so
>> far (including Word, AbiWord, OpenOffice.org Writer, Pages...) I write
>> my fiction and documentation and other such things in the same place I
>> write my code - vim :-)
> Fine (this email is written in vim :-) , but do you use any markup in
> your docs or just plain text (that's why I thought about txt2tags) ?
Plenty of markup, including some of my own design, some XML-based, some
DocBook... I prefer my own of course, as I designed it specifically to
keep out of my way while providing everything necessary for writing
fiction. I shall have to look closely at txt2tags to see what I think.
> otoh, we have to think about other potential contributors and I am not
> sure that DocBook is the most common denominator (I'm also not AbiWord
> user, preferring LaTeX ;)
LaTeX isn't really suitable for writing this sort of thing directly though.