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Re: docbook for papers/theses

On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 07:33:08PM -0500, Benj. Mako Hill wrote:
> Now that I'm back to thesis writing this year, I've not wasted a whole
> lot of time choosing LaTeX. Bibliography related issues were the major
> reason.

Same here, I use Docbook regularly (mostly for Debian-related stuff,
writing sub-policies, manpages, but also for the gnome documentation of
our proof assistant: Matita), but I firmly refuse to use for the thesis.

Some reasons:
- both ways to obtain decent PDF output have issues:
  - via XSL-FO: output quality with current fop is terrible, being in
    touch with a fop developer I know a new release which is much better
    is on the run, but it's like 1 year he keep on telling me so :)
  - via dblatex (hence passing through LaTeX): quality is nice but to
    obtain decent LaTeX output---and I guess you're as perfectionistic
    as me in that---you really have to work *a lot* on customizing the
    XSL stylesheet ==>> lot of work
- writing XML is not as easy as writing TeX with Vim, still with the
  incredible support added by DTD-based omni completion these days
- I already have a BibTeX source for documentation, which is shared by
  my research team. Sure (I guess) I can convert it to something which
  is nice with DocBook, but it's just an additional, unneeded step


Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
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