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From: <lisava -at- psitek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 3:49 PM
> Hi There,
> I am trying to find out more about DITA, Could
someone help me.
> I have been looking into using docbook, but am
sceptical. I came across
> DITA, but would like to know what makes DITA better
No need to be sceptical about DocBook.
While DARWIN has a DTD, but imo it's more about the
information, than about the DTD. Considering the
history of DITA I can
understand why the DTD provided by IBM is limited. In
my experience it
usually requires major customisation to fit the needs
of most projects. Not
a good idea if you're just starting down the XML
route. It also has a poor
following, making support an issue.
You will find that most of the leading XML Editors
(http://www.xmlspy.com , http://www.oxygenxml.com , http://www.morphon.com
etc.), provide support for
DocBook. Same goes for most of the leading XML
document database systems.
This all makes the DocBook Tool Chain very flexible
and portable. Take your
choice of processors such as XALAN, SAXON, XSLTPROC,
XT, MSXML, Sablotron,
DocBook is an OASIS Standard and is well documented
(http://http://docbook.sourceforge.net/ , http://www.sagehill.net)
available in XML Schema and will move to RelaxNG. The
DTD is currently at
4.3b2, meaning that it is very stable. The XSL's are
at 1.61.3 and support
transformation to TXT, PS, MAN pages, HTML, XHTML,
PDF, XSL-FO (Good for
Transform to RTF), HTMLHelp, JavaHelp.
A big plus for Linux users is that DocBook ships with
Check your /usr/share/SGML/.
However, if you want an alternative you may try TEI
TEI is powerful, but I found the scope to all
inclusive for my needs,
DocBook is more suited to the work I do, manuals of a
Best of luck,
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