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Subject: Re: [docbook] DocBook on the Web

I would guess XMLMind has a pretty good DocBook stylesheet :=]

One problem with sending DocBook source without telling the client to
process it is that the source can contain things like <xi:include> and
processing instructions which CSS wouldn't be able to style.

On 11/1/06, Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> Reading Norm's latest post
> <http://norman.walsh.name/2006/10/30/openMind> I wondered, has anyone
> tried publishing straight DocBook on the Web? i.e. sending  real DocBook
> XML + (CSS | XSLT) to the client; not doing the conversion server side
> or earlier and sending HTML to the client? If so, what were your
> experiences.
> My suspicion is that even assuming client side support there are several
> problems:
> 1. There are no straight CSS stylesheets for DocBook.
> 2. The XSLT stylesheets are too complex to reasonably render client
> side. They also likely rely on extension functions browser engines don't
> have.
> 3. Anything beyond an article is too large for one page, and it's not
> really possible to chunk pages on the client side.
> Are these fixable? Is it worth fixing them? Or is it just that
> prerendering to HTML simply is the better option and we should stop
> worrying about it?
> --
> Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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