Linuxdoc DTD (was: Re: [svlug] multiple sessions in one telnet)
joey at kitenet.net
Thu Jun 15 17:12:53 PDT 2000
Rick Moen wrote:
> The LDP people somehow recently talked themselves into migrating to
> DocBook SGML, which is significantly more elephantine and baroque than
> even LinuxDoc.
Docbook has four issues, IMHO.
1. Tortuously long tag names (<itemizedlist>, <programlisting>, etc).
2. Designed for complete _books_, and so you have to nest 3 levels or
tags or more before you even get to writing text.
3. Huge amount of tags, and thus a long learning curve when you have to
go try to figure out the name of a tag. (This is also a plus, though;
every tag you can imagine for structured document markup is there.
Linuxdoc is too limiting for me; if I need a tag for an equation or
screenshot, or whatever, I want it to be there, and in docbook, it
4. About the only tag that can contain CDATA is <para>. You have to nest
para tags inside bloody near everything.
<footnote><para>blah</para></footnote>, etc. Annoying.
That said, I use docbook a lot, and it is possible to learn (I keep a
cheatsheet of tag names and paste them into vi sometimes.), and I've
found the results are worth it.
> Also, they keep getting glazed-eyed and making
> discomfiting noises about "formatting"
see shy jo
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