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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] What is it mean by BUILDING DocBook ?

You are referring to the instructions in the source tree that enumerate the steps required for building a "release" package. This is for the developers who preprocess/build each release that shows up on SourceForge. This is not a normal process for users of DocBook.
The normal usage for user would be to download the ZIP file of the release and set up your XSLTPROC (or other tools) to run against that release.
The XSLT processors transform the DocBook XML into HTML, PDF, EPUB, etc, via the XSL  stylesheets in the release package.
I would also suggest that you read the Bob Stayton's book on DocBook
http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/index.html  also available in paper copy.
Dean Nelson
In a message dated 2/29/2012 11:01:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, gckarunarathne@gmail.com writes:
Hi devs,

I'm Gihan Chanuka. An undergraduate of Bsc Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. I'm new to open source and also to DocBook. But as I see, DocBook is one of the interesting and innovative idea.  So, I liked to get familiar with the DocBook project.

I went through some of the tutorials and documentation about it. And then, transformed a small DocBook document to html using xsltproc to understand how it works.

I got the DocBook source code by using SVN and went though "trunk>xsl>ReadMe.BUILD" and follow the steps in that file.

Can you tell me what is meant by "building" DocBook? It use XSL language to interpret and virtual processor called "XSLT" to transform the xml files. Since, we don't need to XSLs, what exactly we do when building?

Thanks in advance!

~ Gihan Chanuka
~ Undergraduate of Bsc Engineering,
~ Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
~ University of Moratuwa,
~ Sri Lanka.

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