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 http://practicalunittesting.com 2012/3/22 Robin Lee Powell <firstname.lastname@example.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 > > -- > 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 > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe, e-mail: email@example.com > For additional commands, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org >