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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] [HELP] How can I get rid of the output of the <revhistory /> tag in the EPUB output

Hi Shlomi,
Yes, the dbtoepub is the script to generate epub2 output using the stylesheets in the "epub" directory.

If you are using DocBook 5 and the namespaced stylesheets, then any custom templates that specify an element name must attach the namespace prefix to the element name. See this section of my book for details:


So your empty template should use match="d:revhistory", where the d: prefix is bound to the DocBook 5 namespace.

But I looked at docbook-epub-preproc.xslt and it does not import the stock epub/docbook.xsl file. I don't understand how it produces any useful output at all. Are you use that is the file you use?

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

From: "Shlomi Fish" <shlomif@shlomifish.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:30 AM
To: "Bob Stayton" <bobs@sagehill.net>
Cc: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] [HELP] How can I get rid of the output of the <revhistory /> tag in the EPUB output

Hi Bob,

thanks for returning to me. See below for my responses.

On Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:59:00 -0700
"Bob Stayton" <bobs@sagehill.net> wrote:

More details are needed to determine the problem.

let me answer them one by one.

What numbered version of DocBook XSL are you using?

Close to latest docbook-xsl-ns-snapshot from
http://docbook.sourceforge.net/snapshot/ .

Are you using DocBook 5 and the the docbook-ns stylesheets, or DocBook4 and
the non-namespaced stylesheets?

I'm using DocBook 5 and docbook-ns.

Are you processing a book or article?

Technically, the story is an article. You can find it at:


Is the revhistory element located in an info element or in the body of the
document? (revhistory can appear in a para, for example)

Inside an <info></info>

Are you using the epub or epub3 stylesheet?

The EPUB ones I think. I can try using the EPUB 3 too.

How are you importing it and customizing it

I use this:

-s /home/shlomif/Download/unpack/file/docbook/docbook-xsl-ns-snapshot/epub/bin/dbtoepub
-s docbook-epub-preproc.xslt -o human-hacking-field-guide--english.epub

Where docbook-epub-preproc.xslt is:


(sorry, I don't have time to reverse engineer your whole build setup).

Sure, I'm happy to provide assistance.

Sorry for losing patience several times before - I think I figured out what the problem is, and I was doing something wrong, but it's too bad the toolchains
did not crash and burn and eat my dog when I did it.


Shlomi Fish

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises


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