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The Art of Unix Programming
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Unix Programming - The Zoo of Unix Documentation Formats - DocBook


DocBook is an SGML and XML document type definition designed for large, complex technical documents. It is alone among the markup formats used in the Unix community in being purely structural. The xmlto(1) tool discussed in Chapter14 supports rendering to HTML, XHTML, PostScript, PDF, Windows Help markup, and several less important formats.

Several major open-source projects (including the Linux Documentation Project, FreeBSD, Apache, Samba, GNOME, and KDE) already use DocBook as a master format. This book was written in XML-DocBook.

DocBook is a large topic. We'll return to it after summing up the problems with the current state of Unix documentation.

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