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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] customization layer for DocBook 5.0: The TransitionGuide

On 8/25/2007 1:04 AM, Michael(tm) Smith wrote:
> Brett Leber <bleber+@cs.cmu.edu>, 2007-08-24 16:28 -0400:
>> I'm interested in achieving the effects that I see on the title page of 
>> DocBook V5.0: The Transition Guide [1]--namely, the "this version", "latest 
>> version", "previous versions", and "authors" lists I see on this HTML 
>> article and at the top of all W3C specifications.
>> Is this achieved through a customization layer, server-side processing, or 
>> something else entirely?
> A customization layer; the sources are here:
>   https://docbook.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/docbook/trunk/docbook/relaxng/docbook/howto/

Thanks, Michael. I tried building this document on my local machine, and 
it appears that the customization doesn't work when using the DocBook 5 
stylesheets (docbook-xsl-ns-1.73.1). Should I use the 
namespace-stripping stylesheets again, or is there an easy fix to make 
the customization work with the namespace-aware stylesheets?

As I'm really an XSL novice, I might have more questions about using the 
customization. I've started by copying lines 16-143 into my 
customization layer.

>> On a related note, have I mentioned that a DocBook "cookbook"--publishing 
>> effects and how to achieve them--would be a really great resource?
> Might be an interesting project to try to work on with a
> collaboratively with a group of other people, and publish it under
> an open-source license. Or, I can think of some tech-book publishers
> who would be happy to publish such a book if they could find a
> good author willing to put time into working on it, and who could
> commit to a delivery schedule.

I'd like to involved in such a project, although my utility as an author 
may be limited. Still, what first steps would you recommend (assuming 
it's easiest to start with a collaboration of DocBook users)? Do you 
think the DocBook wiki is a reasonable place to start notes on such a 



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