I have some answers.
1. The docbook-xsl-ns stylesheets are DocBook
5.0 stylesheets. If there is a 5.0 element they don't support, that should
be treated as a bug.
2. DocBook 5.0 has been submitted to OASIS as
a proposed OASIS Standard. It will take a couple of months to get through the
review and voting period. I don't have dates.
3. If starting from scratch with DocBook 5
documents, then yes, it is better to start with the ns stylesheets.
4. Actually, I think such a switch with FOP
would be very nice. 8^)
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Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 8:22 AM
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook 5.0
I thought I'd try to get an update on the questions responded
to in this thread from February (responses included below my sig file) because
I've been asked questions about DocBook that I expect I'll hear more of as we
continue to discuss the use of DocBook in our project. I also had to convince
someone who tried xlstproc for the first time that yes, it does support
1. Will there be (are there) 5.0 stylesheets?
2. Is there a
projected timetable for DocBook 5 becoming an OASIS standard? (I know 4.5 is
an OASIS standard.)
3. If we're starting from scratch (that is, have
no legacy DocBook XML), is it better to use the namespace-aware stylesheets
(the -ns versions)?
4. Any way to invoke a switch in xsltproc that
says "relax, don't worry, this is actually working"? ;)
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On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:35 AM, Camille Bégnis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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:
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
- many people have been using exclusively 5.0 for more than a year
- 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.
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