Re: SGML Man Pages?
On Mon, 18 Sep 2000, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> It is pretty easy to write manpages in SGML and convert them to nroff at
> compile time (as the dh_make example does), but what Sun does is much nicer,
Oh wow, that's new in woody and that is a sweet addition. I'm so glad you
pointed it out to me!
<grumble>I've been searching on and off for a SGML system to produce man
pages for almost 2 years now!</grumble>
> installing the SGML on the system, and converting it SGML->nroff->ASCII for
> viewing. This allows the user performing other renderings, including HTML and
> printed documentation, from the installed documentation.
I haven't looked at Sun's other viewers, but a thing to note is that due
to the tagging you get things like external and internal URLs for free
when using a hypertext capable browser. I also suspect the HTML
representation of the man page can be much nicer than if you convert nroff
If lots of people are writing sgml man pages and using docbook-to-man to
convert them then I really think we need native support for them :>