DocBook at XML 2004

Volume 7, Issue 108; 25 Jun 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

XML 2004 is coming up. It’s time to get those papers written up, this year in DocBook!

Lauren has just announced that the XML 2004 conference plans to accept papers in a subset of DocBook this year (instead of the GCA Paper DTD used in the past).

I think this is wonderful, but that’s hardly surprising. Tools support for DocBook is pretty good, so I’m guessing you’ll think it’s pretty wonderful too when you get down to it. The DocBook Wiki has some suggestions about tools and specifically authoring tools. I use Emacs and nXML myself.

I’m helping figure out exactly what the conference subset should look like. The challenge is to achieve three goals simultaneously: make it simple (as few tags as possible), make it complete (all the tags you need), make it a subset of DocBook (so all the tools work off-the-shelf).

Apropos of the conference, I’m happy to say that my proposal for a DocBook tutorial at XML 2004 has been accepted.

Alas, that’s not going to be in time to help you get your papers ready this year, but think how well prepared you’ll be next year!

See you in Washington, D.C.!


Great to hear that you will be on XML 2004. I will be there too, presenting paper about indexing in DocBook.

—Posted by Jirka Kosek on 26 Jun 2004 @ 10:22 UTC #

Welcome news indeed. It's likely I'll follow suit for the Europe conference.

—Posted by Edd Dumbill on 26 Jun 2004 @ 04:16 UTC #

Speaking of writing conference papers in DocBook - I tried doing that but finally had to convert the papers to LaTex so I could get the IEEE or ACM formats required by the conferences I submitted to. Is there (or will there ever be) a good repository of transforms to these types of standard conference formats?

—Posted by Harold Carr on 26 Jun 2004 @ 05:24 UTC #

If getting a halfway decent looking layout is the first 90% of the effort required to write a print stylesheet, the second 90% is getting a layout that matches exactly a particular set of specs.

I bet it can be done, but I don't know of anyone who's working on it right now.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 27 Jun 2004 @ 02:30 UTC #