Re: I need some help with my first steps using Debian Doc / SGML
On Sun, May 07, 2006 at 03:05:37PM -0400, andrei raevsky wrote:
> I was told by the project maintainer that I needed to submit the
> entries using Debian Doc's SGML. I have never used SGML, but I think
> I understand that this is a markup language which uses tags. The tags
> which I will have to use will have to be compatible with the Debian
> Documentation Project and will look like:
> I need some help however as I am rather confused. Please bear with me:
> 1) where can I find a list of legal tags (such as <review> or
> 2) do I need to install debiandoc-sgml-doc and if yes, what for?
That's really a funny question, since it's obvious to me that the
debiandoc-sgml-doc package contains the documentation of
debiandoc-sgml (/usr/share/doc/debiandoc-sgml-doc/) which you
requested in 1) :-))
Just install it beside debiandoc-sgml!
> Can't I just use any text editor to enter tags & text?
> 3) how can I best check my tags before submitting them?
It is really a good idea to *always* test your file(s) using the tools in
debiandoc2latexpdf -l en yourFile.sgml
This should produce a PDF output file (you need tetex-bin and
tetex-extra package for this).
Similar tools: debiandoc2text, debiandoc2html, debiandoc2latexps
See the manual page for details (man debiandoc2html).
Feel free to look into examples (all DDP documents).
You will probably need only a few tags, such as for
* item lists
You should also use a few special tags such as <file> when referring to
file or directory names, <package> for Debian packages, <prgn> for
> 4) is there a Debian Doc editor or an editor best suited to edit
> Debian Doc SGML documents?
Since the number of editors is finite there surely exists a best one in
this set. Which one? I don't know. I use vim, other emacs, ... it's
really your decision.