RE: What is GNOME office?

Ok, the CC list was getting silly, I've trimmed.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Baudais [mailto:baudais okstate edu]
> On Sat, Nov 18, 2000 at 01:20:54PM -0500, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > 
> > > I agree with Dave - I don't think using a visual editor to write
> > > DocBook is a very good idea, basically - at that point there's no
> > > reason to do them in DocBook, you might as well just do 
> them in HTML
> > > or RTF or native AbiWord format, and use AbiWord print 
> and HTML export
> > > to get the various output formats.
> > 
> > Editing a DocBook document would still preserve all of the semantic
> > data, and would allow for nice Docbook manipulation tools 
> to be used,
> > besides `output to HTML and RTF'.
> I think that the problem here isn't a WP's ability to export 
> a document 
> into different formats, but the presentation of the document.  A WP 
> presents the document from a presentation perspective.  This 
> would be nice 
> when you edit a DSSSL and want to see the output quickly, but 
> not when 
> you only want to view the semantic content.  I think that if 
> a WP would 
> want to fully inplement DocBook there should be 2 views.  One 
> showing the 
> semantic content and the other view showing and applying the 
> stylesheet.  
> What DocBook needs now is a good exporter to PDF and PS.  Not 
> another editor.  
> We have emacs and vi for that.

I've got a set of stylesheets that make the necessary changes, and htmldoc,
which creates REALLY nice PDF/PS output from html.  Take a look at the
DocBook HOWTOs at the LDP (Cable-modem-HOWTO comes to mind) for some almost
complete PS/PDF output from DocBook.

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