response on ddp policy, 3.1
Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Sat, Dec 07, 2002 at 06:13:36PM +0100, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > Besides, that DDP policy is outdated, we've all realized in the meantime how
> > DebianDoc SGML is not the holy cow it was supposed to be...
> _And_ there is a draft (unpublished) which is trying to fix this policy
> issues. Just to remember to those that did not comment about it:
> Discussion on source file formats is here:
In 3.1 we read: "SGML is used as the source format for all
manuals. Currently, SGML format compatible with the debiandoc-sgml
tool chain is chosen as the document format. "
But you contradict both of those below.
Cut to the chase; drop the historical references; drop the
justificiation. It should simply state the debiandoc-sgml and
docbook-xml are the recommended formats. It should further clarify
which version of DocBook, e.g., 4.1.2 or better or whatever (4.2 is
latest, quite recent); and which version of Debiandoc (DTD version 1
or better, clearly).
I would also suggest a more balanced approach. I've worked with
DocBook now for 3+ years, and believe me, debiandoc-sgml has
significant things to recommend it:
- its tons easier to learn then DocBook (46 elements vs 300+)
- since it's simpler, the output is going to be more consistent
- we're used to it
- it can also be argued that the output is actually better than
DocBook output for our purposes (tho this just points to the need
for a DocBook-XML stylesheet, I'm sure we could bring them to
relative parity if we want to)
The i18n bugs in particular don't deserve mention; I think could be
I think we should recommend that if people don't *need* the DocBook
features, they should stick with debiandoc. Folks should only use
DocBook if they need tables, figures, optional framed output and such.
In fact, I would go even further and state that we should make this
change, and Ardo should close most of the wishlists for new tags and
features in debiandoc-sgml. DebianDoc should explicitly be a
*simple*, 80% solution. If folks want bells and whistles, use
DocBook. This way, both have a place in our galaxy and Ardo doesn't
have to feel bad about all the things he doesn't do that DocBook does.
...Adam Di Carlo..<email@example.com>...<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>