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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: What are the steps to convert to DocBook XML?

Richard Sharpe writes:

> Assuming I was interested in converting to DocBook XML, what are the steps?
> 1. How do I get my current SGML source converted?

In addition to the answer "sx" you need to convert the element names to
lower case and insert a declaration to pick up some general entities.
This works for me:

DECL := <!DOCTYPE book PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1//EN"

%.xml: %.sgml
        osx -x lower $< > $@.tmp
        (sed 1q $@.tmp; echo '$(DECL)'; sed 1d $@.tmp) > $@
        rm $@.tmp

You may get tons of warnings about sdata not allowed in XML -- ignore

> 2. If and when I have DocBook SML source, how to I convert it to PDF?

A couple of options:

* Use DSSSL -> pdfjadetex (no need for XML here).  Works okay if you don't
  have too complicated tables.

* Use DSSSL -> rtf -> word processor.  YMMV, but at least you'll always
  get there.

* Use FOP (xml.apache.org).  Dubious maturity.

* Use PassiveTeX.  Dubious usability.

Peter Eisentraut      peter_e@gmx.net       http://yi.org/peter-e/

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