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Subject: Re: [docbook] Introduction

On Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:47:27 +0100
Vincent Bouttard <vincent.bouttard@optique-unterlinden.com> wrote:

> Dear all docbook-list members,
> I'm a XML user but a newbie with docbook.
> I'm the webmaster in Optique Unterlinden, the most important shop of 
> telescopes and astronomy accessories in France. I have created our 
> online store few years ago using XML to format the product sheets
> (with our own little DTD).
> Now the shop is growing and I would like to use a more serious XML 
> format like DocBook ; we have a lot of products and a lot of output 
> documents  to manage (product sheets or instruction manuals in HTML, 
> PDF, etc.). It becomes a nightmare.
> So, I have 2 questions :
> - Should I use DocBook for product sheets AND instruction manuals ? 
> Should I use a more "task-oriented" format like DITA for instruction 
> manuals and use DocBook only for product sheets ?
> - Is there any existing DocBook product sheet template that I could 
> reuse or should I create my own one ?

I would suggest you consider each 'group' of information in isolation?
Instruction manuals could use docbook or DITA.
Product sheets, possibly custom stylesheet for your own DTD? Depends
how fancy they are?

I have not heard of a customisation for product information. 

HTH Dave P

> Thank you
> Vincent Bouttard
> Optique Unterlinden
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Dave Pawson

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