Chuck Robey wrote:
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You know, I don't want to argue about thread hijacking, I only want my question answered, so i will try again. Has anyone out there used a tool from the ports set, to be able to do general purpose creation and formatting of XML Docbook documents?

Yes. It's usually easier to start with the Docbook templates provided by FreeBSD for, say, an article, but it's entirely possible to go your own way, and write new documents in pure XML rather than SGML, for example.

Or work with 4.x XML Docbook documents published on the Linux side rather than SGML from the BSD side.

Specifically, this is not intended to reference the FDP tools. It might be possible that the FDP tools supply a 100% 4.5 Docbook XML compatiblity, and if those tools occur in the FreeBSD ports (I think they do) theIN could care about it here, but I don't want o referenc ethe FDP tools at all, otherwise. I don't have any specific intention to use the FDP toolset.

Well, I've got news for you: the FDP toolset is the toolset one would use for working on both XML and SGML Docbook documents.

If you don't want to follow the fine directions in the FDP guidelines, and install jade by hand or use something besides tidy to do HTML cleanup, or you don't want to install a PDF output tool because you aren't generating PDFs as an output format, OK, fine, that's your concern.

Outside of 100% tested compatiblity that you yourself have used in creating and reading non-FreeBSD documents, I really would appreciate not hearing about the FDP tools.

OK.  Well, the FDP worked with:

...which is a Docbook 4.1.2 XML document, for example.

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