Chuck Robey wrote:
Greg Barniskis wrote:
Well, I wasn't trying to write FreeBSD documentation, I was trying to
generate my own personal documentation, using a schema that would
hopefully be far more generally available. Back when I was using groff
and the mm macros (yesterday!) I never would have used some locally
tweaked version of the mm macros, unless I included those changes in my
docs, because then no one else would be able to use my documents. Am I
wrong in considering the FDP generated documentation as being in that
category, not terribly uselful outside the FreeBSD project.
Chuck Robey wrote:
This is a delayed reposting of something that I might have sent to an
initially poorly chosen list; if it still gets no reponse in another
day, I might try again, if I can figure out a better FreeBSD list to
choose. My predilection for FreeBSD is strong, I would really
dislike to be forced to jump to Linux (or, god forbid, to Windows)
for this infomation, about using the various FreeBSD ports tools to
get to the ability to format docbook materials.
That's the reason I asked about docbook in general. Obviously, doing
FDP stuff is made truly simple. There isn 't some way to adapt the FDP
installation to support he generation of more general docbook xml (such
as the latest 4.x series stuff, I think 4.5x). ?
Best list: http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-doc
Good starting point: http://www.freebsd.org/docproj/
Tools: check out everything that is installed by these metaports:
Sorry, I could have been more expansive and specific, but there's a
new and extremely cranky (non-FreeBSD) server here and it's all I
can do between its firestorms to dash off brief missives on other
I wanted to point you at the general state of the FreeBSD community
work with DocBook, and that project's list since they'll likely have
the expertise you seek in general terms. I know they are not doing
everything you asked about specifically but it's a starting point to
explore capabilities; the metaports certainly install plenty of
general tools and capabilities in addition to the FreeBSD specific
If the metaports are not interesting to you, I think you can just
install the DocBook port, Java, and many typical DocBook tools one
at a time (xalan, saxon, jade, fop, etc., etc.). There should be
everything you need in the ports collection one way or another. If
your question is "which of the dozens of XML/XSL processing tools is
best for DocBook [4|5]", I don't know, but suspect the answer's in
the metaports and/or the Doc Project list arena (check their
archives and/or ask away over there).
Hope that helps more.
Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
<gregb at scls.lib.wi.us>, (608) 266-6348
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