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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DSSSL or XSLT (was Re: [docbook-apps] Chunking at the chapter level)

At 12:59 24/04/2003 -0700, Bob Stayton wrote:
>On Thu, Apr 24, 2003 at 01:52:30PM -0500, Lic. Rodolfo Gonzalez Gonzalez 
> >
> > BTW, I am also new on DocBook, and I would like to hear your opinion on
> > what is better to use: the SGML + DSSSL or the XML + XSLT. Of course, I
> > understand that the XML can be used in more ways than just for making the
> > documents (it could be processed by any program which understands XML),
> > and that's a great advantage. But what would you recommend? or what do you
> > use the most, for that matter?.
>And you can process XML files with either the XSL and DSSSL
>tools.  Invest your learning time in XML.
>Then your choice is XSL vs. DSSSL stylesheets.
>....use Jade or OpenJade with DSSSL for print output.

The other factor that comes into the equation - do you want to customise 
the print output stylesheets? If so, you will have to become familiar with 
either XSL or DSSL.

If you understand XML then XSL customisation is relatively straight 
forward, with plenty of help available via this list; if you know Lisp then 
the DSSL stylesheets will make sense, otherwise be prepared for a steep 
learning experience, with less people being able to offer help.

Dave Brooks 

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