Re: Successor to DocBook


I can only agree. Developers have learned docbook a little over the time
and we also have a lot of docbook content. A change like this needs a
good migration path and a lot of PR to get it through to everyone.


Matthew East wrote:
> Hi,
> * Don Scorgie:
> >> (Resend.  Hopefully it'll go through this time)
> >>
> >> On Fri, 2006-07-07 at 13:45 -0500, Shaun McCance wrote:
> >>> On Fri, 2006-07-07 at 14:19 +0200, karderio wrote:
> >> <snip>
> >>> Now here's everybody's first chance to get in on the fun:
> >>> The code name for the project-as-a-whole is Project Mallard.
> >>> This is sort of an inside poke at DocBook.  But Mallard is
> >>> a dumb name for a help format.  So everybody:
> >>>
> I am really happy that lots of thought and action seems to be happening
> in relation to improving the structure of the help system and making it
> easier to have upstream and distro documentation sitting alongside each
> other.
> However, if I might add a word of caution. I have not seen anything in
> the recent threads which documents *why* a move away from docbook is
> actually necessary for a better help system to work.
> I haven't seen any discussion of it either.
> I have to say, that with all the progress that has been made on the
> toolset around docbook [1], a sudden move away from docbook just feels
> slightly like moving the goalposts.
> [1] Especially the fact that we will soon have tools available to allow
> people to work on a WYSIWYG basis in a collaborative way (via a Moin
> wiki) and produce docbook.
> This isn't really a criticism, but I'd really like to know why docbook
> has been rejected as inadequate for the implementation of a modular help
> system. I'm not attached to a particular format as such, but I think
> that now that some good work has been put in to supporting docbook, I'd
> like to see a move away from it justified more carefully.
> Matt
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