sgml file movements and migration to docbook-xml

David Nusinow dnusinow at
Sat Dec 23 18:46:32 PST 2006

On Sun, Dec 24, 2006 at 01:48:33AM +0100, Carlo Salinari wrote:
> David Nusinow wrote:
> >On Sun, Dec 24, 2006 at 12:57:05AM +0100, Carlo Salinari wrote:
> >  
> >>Hello Eamon,
> >>
> >>I had just finished a script to convert the files in doc/xorg-docs/sgml 
> >>to docbook-xml 
> >>    
> >
> >Why? What's wrong with the sgml?
> >  
> It's just that docbook has dropped sgml in favour of xml.
> Xml it's easier, and has a much wider user and tools base.
> from <>:
>    "DocBook originally started as an SGML application, but an
> equivalent XML application was developed and has now replaced the
> SGML        one for most uses. (The XML DTD started with version 4 of
> the SGML DTD and keeps the versioning from there.)"
> If you are worried about the generation of html/ps/pdf files, that stays
> untouched for the moment (it makes no distinction between sgml and xml).
> I just thought this was in line with the anticipated reorganization of
> xorg's documentation.
> Sorry if I got it wrong.
> I didn't mean to hijack xorg's documentation efforts :-), nor to make
> anyone upset.

Well, do we gain anything from moving to xml though? As I understand it,
the sgml version is still fully supported by the docbook folks. I don't
really mind moving to xml, since xml and sgml are so close, but I question
whether making the move would provide any benefits.

 - David Nusinow

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