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Re: Blessing DocBook/XML for Debian documentation?

On Sun, Aug 21, 2005 at 09:05:29AM -0400, R. Wood wrote:
> A related question about generating XML/DocBook: is anyone here
> sufficiently familiar with both DocBook and reStructuredText to judge
> whether the latter can actually generate well-formed output of the
> former?
> If yes, this might make it much simpler for some people to produce
> DocBook, without having to edit XML directly.

Just my unqualified opinion: You could write a document in reST
and transform into DocBook/XML.  However, other contributors
will change the DocBook/XML version and there is no lossless
transformation in the other direction.  E.g. in reST, you have
``literal text``, whereas in DocBook/XML you may have
<literal>literal text</literal>,
<filename>/etc/passwd</filename>, <constant>pi</constant> etc.

W. Borgert <debacle@debian.org>, http://people.debian.org/~debacle/

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