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Subject: Re: [docbook] Introduction

Hi Vincent,
I do consulting in both DocBook and DITA, and I think DocBook can meet your needs. Adding DITA will unnecessarily complicate your setup because it requires its own set of tools.

I've helped clients use DocBook for both instruction manuals and product sheets. Instruction manuals are typically based on the <book> element, possibly with modular design of the XML files so they can be reconfigured into different releases. Product sheets are typically based on <article>. Depending on your formatting needs, the content might be inside a layout table or use multicolumn output format for print.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

On 2/5/2015 8:47 AM, Vincent Bouttard 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 ?

Thank you

Vincent Bouttard
Optique Unterlinden

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