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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Master index for modular docs

You should be able to wrap all your content in a set, assign an id to your
setindex, and process the set with the stylesheet parameter rootid set to
that id.  Then it should just generate the set index.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises
DocBook Consulting

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Denis Bradford" <denis.bradford@verizon.net>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 2:37 PM
Subject: [docbook-apps] Master index for modular docs

> I'm converting an html-sourced help system to DocBook. The help is
> delivered in Eclipse, man pages, a web site, and PDF. So far no problem.
> Here's the problem: The HTML version currently has an index. How to
> generate a master index for a bunch of modularized documents?
> The only approach I can think of is to wrap everything up in a set and
> build it to generates the setindex. Problem is it also generates all the
> modules. That seems to defeat one of the purposes of modularizing: not
> having to build the whole shebang every time you change something.
> Is there a way to avoid generating all the modules - or a better
> approach to indexing altogether?
> P.S. I found a docbook-apps mail thread where Bob suggests a
> customization for generating just index.html (the front page, not the
> index component) while suppressing the component templates. ("Multi-part
> document, multiple stylesheets",
> http://sourceware.org/ml/docbook-apps/2005-q1/msg00604.html)
> I tried a similar thing with setindex, but failed. Perhaps I don't
> correctly understand the difference between suppressing the xsl
> processing of modules (which contain the index entry targets!) and
> suppressing just their HTML output.
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