Dear Marco,

On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 03:18:14AM +0200, Marco Ciampa wrote:
> Since I want to understand a bit more about the gimp build sistem
> I am trying to do the things by hand.
> I do not know automake/autotool so I do not really know how html, for
> instance, files are created.
> I copied all xml dir outside gimp tree dir and tried to build html by
> hand and failed miserably.
> I do not know docbook-xml either and I now know I was a bit "naive"
> thinking that a mere
>  docbook2html it/gimp.xml
> will suffice.
> Can anyone help me understand? What I am missing?
It's just a matter of tooling. I'm not sure what the outcome of your
docbook2html attempt was, but I assume it was negative.

We chose to split up our manual into separate files according to the
help ID GIMP uses. Each file is tied into the manual with include
statements (xi:includes) to make up the book.

Furthermore, translations are separated into separate files. You'll need
to basically compile a translated version of the manual in order to
generate a translated HTML version out of it.

Potentially your tool will work. Look for --xinclude parameters in order
to build the manual. You'll have to find a way though, to create new
*translated* docbook files if you want anything else than English.

Feel free to ask more questions if you want.
Roman Joost
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