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Re: [docbook] DocBook and Publishing Software
Thanks to everyone for the responses..
You make some good points, I am new to this industry so I have allot to
learn yet about the tools of the trade.
I do know that we have been using framemaker for quite some time and are
just now moving to structured frame
and to XML.
Within the next few weeks we will be experimenting with XSL-FO and
publishing to PDF.
Different clients of ours have different needs. They all want different
media (PDF/FM files/XML).
Arbortext looks like a nice solution (although the pricing might be too
much as of yet), I have read into OpenOffice and InDesign both of which
seem to be lacking features that we may not want to loose yet.
The "golden egg" goal is to fully utilize our Sibersafe CMS server and
have our entire DTP department work natively in XML with as little pain
Thanks for the great responses! And please forgive my newbieness! :-)
Michael Smith wrote:
David White <email@example.com> writes:
The company I work for is making decisions about its plans for future
docbook publishing and the current situation that Framemaker is in.
Given that Frame may not survive,
What makes you think Frame may not survive? Have there been rumors
about Adobe end-of-lifing it or something? It's still a really
powerful program and hard to imagine (for me at least) that's
it's not going to continue to be around for a long time to come.
I think one thing that's limiting Frame now is that you still need
a MIF parser to work with it. It wouldn't be to big leap for them
to move to replacing MIF with an XML-based vocabulary. Similar to
the OpenOffice XML format or WordML. Then we could work with Frame
files using whatever XML parser or XSLT engine we wanted.
and that docbook / XML is the format of choice for our
publishing needs. What are your opinions on software solutions
for a publishing department? Granted the department has
individuals of different roles such as writers and editors etc.
The tools I have seen are two fold: WYSWYG publishing (ala frame) via
Adobe InDesign (which I hear isn't ready yet to replace Quark or Frame
yet, dont know its DocBook abilities at all).
It doesn't make much sense to look for publishing tools with
specific support for DocBook. The DocBook XSL stylesheets
generates standards-compliant XSL-FO output. So I think maybe you
ought to be looking instead for tools that can work with XSL-FO.
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Milwaukee, WI 53225
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