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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook. Developed by O'Reilly?

On Sun, January 29, 2012 3:01 pm, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
> On 01/29/2012 03:20 AM, davep wrote:
>> " DocBook <http://docbook.sourceforge.net/>is an XML standard for
>> documents, developed byOâ??Reilly <http://oreilly.com/>as a means of
>> making their publishing process more efficient."
>> How to re-write history?
> Originally, yes, along with HaL.  The public identifier -//HaL and
> O'Reilly//DTD DocBook... may look familiar to some.  (The apostrophe in
> the public identifier gave DynaText conniptions.)  The Davenport Group
> came later.

Yes, it's not that she's rewritten history, just elided much of the middle
of the story.  As it says in TDG [1]:

   DocBook is more than 15 years old. It began in 1991 as a joint
   project of HaL Computer Systems and O?Reilly & Associates (as
   O?Reilly Media, Inc. was then called). Its popularity grew,
   and eventually it spawned its own maintenance organization,
   the Davenport Group. In mid-1998, maintenance moved to a
   Technical Committee of the Organization for the Advancement of
   Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

Most of the links on the history page [2] on the DocBook wiki now no
longer resolve but the one to a 1999 short history of DocBook [3] still


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[1] http://www.docbook.org/tdg5/en/html/ch01.html
[2] http://wiki.docbook.org/DocBookHistory
[3] http://www.xml.com/pub/a/1999/10/docbook/docbook-making.html

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