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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook editor

MS Word seems to me to be as bad a solution to DocBook Editing as FrontPage was to HTML editing.

I spent some time looking into OpenOffice for DocBook, and it didn't seem much better (although this
was a year ago).

It also seems to me a bad idea to try to use a WYSIWYG editor for any markup language. 

That's not to say there are not good editors for DocBook. I use Eclipse; the current version has
great support for DocBook. It does live validation, tag matching and completion, and has an excellent 
outline feature. It's open source, free, and runs on all platforms, which makes it my choice over XML-Spy.

On Jan 29, 2008, at 10:55 AM, Ned Horning wrote:

 Does anybody have any experience in using MS Word as a DocBook editor?
Does it work?
Is it easy or hard to set up?
Is it easy or hard to use?
I don't have experience with MS Word but I have been looking into using OpenOffice (an open source package not all that different from MS Word). OpenOffice has some built-in support for DocBook but from what I can tell it's a bit clunky and it does not support the latest DocBook 5.0 standard as far as I can tell. It would be god to get input from others on this list but from my very limited experience in this area it doesn't seem like MS Word and OpenOffice Writer are well suited to write DocBook files unless you can limit yourself to a  restricted set of styles using a template.

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