Subject: DocBook -> PDF paths that aren't hugely expensive?
I don't mind paying for software but I can't afford the thousands that XEP costs, for exmaple. I'm really wondering what paths exist these days for turning DocBook into something that you can actually send to a book publisher (which seems to mean PDF, and that's certainly my preference, but I'm open to other options there)? I'm looking at http://www.dpawson.co.uk/docbook/tools.html#d884e128 as a starting point, and here's what I know: - dblatex is hugely brittle (trust me on this) - PassiveTeX appears to be dead - DocBook In ConTeXt was last updated in 2003, which means that even if it works it's pre-5.0 (you may notice from the ordering of this list that I like TeX's output style :) - FOP can't handle auto-width tables, which rules it out entirely for my purposes - xmlroff's compatibility page claims that it, also, doesn't do auto tables - wkhtml2pdf can't do page-number-based cross references, which means it's of no use for printed output Those are all the ones I've tried or seriously looked at. I could *really* use some pointers here. I'm feeling a bit grumpy about the whole thing because I was under the impression from the DocBook site that I could, ya know, use it to produce books. :) And so for that hasn't actually worked out very well. -Robin -- http://singinst.org/ : Our last, best hope for a fantastic future. .i ko na cpedu lo nu stidi vau loi jbopre .i danfu lu na go'i li'u .e lu go'i li'u .i ji'a go'i lu na'e go'i li'u .e lu go'i na'i li'u .e lu no'e go'i li'u .e lu to'e go'i li'u .e lu lo mamta be do cu sofybakni li'u