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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] dblatex (was Re: [docbook-apps] Show off what you've done with Docbook)

Is there a recent document that lists all of the alternative tools along
with their features and benefits?

-----Original Message-----
From: Warren Block [mailto:wblock@wonkity.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:03 AM
To: maxwell <maxwell@umiacs.umd.edu>
Cc: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [docbook-apps] dblatex (was Re: [docbook-apps] Show off what you've
done with Docbook)

On Sun, 13 Sep 2015, maxwell wrote:

> On 9/13/2015 2:45 PM, Warren Block wrote:
>> The FreeBSD DocBook toolchain almost supports dblatex, but the older 
>> versions did not have all the features we needed for PDFs.  Table of 
>> contents and some other things, as I recall.  We now have a port of 
>> the latest version of dblatex, but it dies mysteriously and needs 
>> more investigation.
> I don't recall exactly how we do the table of contents, but as I 
> recall it's literally a one liner.  For our grammars, we additionally 
> have a Table of tables, table of figures, and for one document a Table 
> of equations.  Also a glossary, bibliography (for which we use bibtex 
> data files, together with the Biber program, which has advantages over 
> the older bibtex program), and an index.  The glossary and index 
> require the appropriate XML elements, and of course the biblio requires
the .bib files, but otherwise it's all automagic.

Right.  We had been using an older version of dblatex, which was missing
some of those features.

> Most of the customization we've had to do has been on the LaTeX side, 
> for which we have two style sheets--one for producing PDFs for use 
> on-line, the other for camera-ready copy for the print publisher.
> Does your system die during the dblatex phase, or the LaTeX phase?  We 
> hardly ever see a failure in the dblatex phase, unless there's 
> actually an error in the DocBook XML.

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