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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook 5.0 and stylesheets


indeed the picture is a bit blurry at the moment while docbook is 
migrating from 4.x to 5.0. Some points to try to answer your questions:

- 4.x docbook will not evolve anymore, the current standard is now 5.0
- 5.0 is not officially an OASIS standard yet, because of administrative 
reasons only
- many people have been using exclusively 5.0 for more than a year 
without issues.
- there are not really 5.0 stylesheets at the moment. Some work is being 
done on XSLT2 stylesheets, but this is not production ready I believe. 
So 4.x stylesheets have been adapted to be capable of handling 5.0 documents
- 5.0 documents are not exactly processed back to 4.x: it is just that 
there is a first step that makes some adjustments to the document so it 
is correctly processed by the stylesheet. However this is transparent to 
the user. The user just apply the stylesheet once.
- there is the namespace aware stylesheet version (-ns) that is specific 
to 5.0 but basically based on the standard stylesheet.tax

So in short: just apply current -ns stylesheet with xsltproc on your 

Concerning xincludes, the syntax is the same as in DB 4.x, just remember 
to use the namespace.

All this is my vision of the issue, I will let experts precise or 
correct all  if necessary


Karen Schneider wrote:
> Hi, I'm reposting a message from Betty, an intern who is subscribed to 
> this list but having difficulty posting.. Note that I think I have 
> partially found the answer from the following document, 
> http://www.docbook.org/docs/howto/ , which includes links to 
> http://docbook.sourceforge.net/release/xsl-ns/current/ , but I am 
> still seeking general clarification about why 4.0 seems to be the norm 
> (I mean, to a newcomer it seems odd that I'd produce 5.0 documents and 
> then process them back to 4.0?!)... because of a large installed base, 
> or something else?
> Karen G. Schneider
> -------------------------
> From: "Betty Ing" <ingbe@mcmaster.ca <mailto:ingbe@mcmaster.ca>>
> To: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org 
> <mailto:docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
> Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:58:14 -0500
> Subject: DocBook 5 Stylesheets
> Hello,
> I have been looking at the "Using XInclude" example in Ch. 23 - Modular
> DocBook - of DocBook XSL.
> http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/ModularDoc.html#UsingXinclude
> I would like to create the chapter file and book file using DocBook 5
> and DocBook 5 stylesheets. I also plan to use xsltproc. What changes do
> I need to make in the xml files, and where can I locate DocBook 5
> stylesheets?
> Thanks in advance.
> Betty
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