Re: manual: little errors?

On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Alan Horkan wrote:

On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Lars Clausen wrote:

Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 05:56:49 -0500
From: Lars Clausen <lrclause cs uiuc edu>
Reply-To: dia-list gnome org
To: dia-list gnome org
Subject: Re: manual: little errors?

Definitely true,

this reminds me:

Could we switch to XML DocBook now?

I've been browsing around a bit, and failed to find a good explanation
of the benefits of XML DocBook over SGML DocBook.  Could you expand a
bit on why we should switch?
'because Gnome is switching' (and KDE switched ages ago)
makes for better integration and easier maintainance (would be nice if
distributions like redhat did not need to install a variety of different
help browsers).

That is a minor reason.

having difficutly myself finding the reasons i read about why Gnome was
switching (i tried, before and i know it did not imagine it) but the XML
and SGML versions of DocBook achieved parity, XML has more modern
maintained tools available for it.  (not sure if you can do XSL with
SGML, it seems like on of the benifits of SGML).

That is a minor reason.
this mail makes the point that browsers (such as Mozilla) stand a chance
of reading of XML docbook (unlike SGML).


Almost missed this, at the end of the same message, which is easily the
best reason i have heard so far for moving from SGML Docbook to XML
Docbook "plus DocBook will be *only* XML by 5.0."

Now *that's* a good reason.  I'm looking into what it takes to change under
Unix, using the zip package mentioned earlier.


Lars Clausen (| HÃrdgrim of Numenor
"I do not agree with a word that you say, but I   |----------------------------
will defend to the death your right to say it."   | Where are we going, and
    --Evelyn Beatrice Hall paraphrasing Voltaire  | what's with the handbasket?

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