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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: UNIX manpage -> DocBook -> manpage ?

D.Thomas@imb.uq.edu.au (Danny Thomas) writes:

> I'm wondering what is around to convert unix manpages into DocBook. Assume
> the source manpages are cleanly and comprehensively marked up, BSD mandoc
> style.

Nothing that I know of.

ROFF macros are procedural, whereas SGML/XML is descriptive markup.
So any solution is only going to be a 60% solution anyhow.

> PS I also interested to know what conversions are available from DocBook to
> mandoc manpages. I'm mainly interested in whether DocBook can be an
> internal representation for holding manpages but also convertable to html,
> pdf etc in perhaps better ways (eg HTML CSS) than the normal manpage
> converters. The distinction is I'm not looking to convert arbitrary DocBook
> to manpag, just the subset of DocBook likely to be produced from a manpage
> -> DocBook conversion.

docbook2x is a good tool

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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