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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook -> PDF paths that aren't hugely expensive?

I'm not trying to convince you that DocBook & Friends are perfect, but
really, you are able to prepare books with it! I'm personally quite
happy with fop & xsltproc. It requires some knowledge, but works
pretty well.

Regards / Pozdrawiam
Tomek Kaczanowski

2012/3/22 Robin Lee Powell <rlpowell@digitalkingdom.org>:
> 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
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