Thanks all … for your kind concerns about me trying to do a docbook experiment
in the DITA ages ….
I have been working with docbook (variants) already back in the FrameMaker 5.5
days, so <support> for docbook has been there in FM, I know. And it still is.
In the early days this < support> was not based on round tripping the XML.
My current client has inherited a simple, docbook based structured application.
They maintain both a structured FM version (book with chapters) and individual
XML files (one for each chapter). To get them working in a real single sourcing
set up (that is, not having to maintain FM versions anymore) my first approach
would be to <mimic> a ditamap or fm-book by using the docbook book doctype.
This <book> can link to XML files, being the first step to topic based. But, as
Alan points out, FM converts each component to a FM file when opening the
<book> XML file.
I have not been doing docbook or any other custom XML in FM for a long time,
and being spoiled by all the DITA support suddenly feel a bit clumsy by trying
to get a docbook <book> into FM.
So, I was wondering if any of you already had found or made a solution for that.
Eventually my client will move to DITA. But as they have a lot of current
content it’s not feasible to start a conversion project now. We have to find a
short term solution to let them continue working with the content as it is.
Vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
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