# Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: Re: [Fwd: [Fwd: First Open Source DocumentationSummit at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention]]

Gary Lawrence Murphy's message dated: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 22:19:45 EDT
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>     S> a high level Docbook to LaTeX transform really is a separate
>     S> project from the generic DB->print. doing it might be useful;
>     S> it would be trivial, once you decided what the mapping was
>
> Trivial, but tedious: It doesn't sound like a weekend project to me ;)
> If it is trivial, though, and FOP is barely off the ground, then isn't
> the shortest path to print DocBook still DB/SGML->LaTeX->DVI?

Only peripherally relevant:

For very simple Docbook things, it is fairly straightforward to write,
for example, a PerlSAX script that translates XML to LaTeX.  For my
own use (mostly as an exercise in better understanding these assorted
tools), I wrote such a thing.  It reads a configuration file (in
effect, its own sort of stylesheet') that has things like

(foreignphrase		print "\\textit{";

The fact that the transforms are specified as perl code makes this pretty
flexible, and every time I add a new tag, it has (so far) been more or
less easy to add another clause to handle it.

and articles, this tinkertoy produces more typographically
satisfactory results than the other freeware tools, with less
annoyance (how _does_ one customize the XSL stylesheets, other than
dinking with them directly, by the way?)

Mike

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