DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide

DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide

DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide by Bob Stayton is the definitive guide to using the DocBook XSL stylesheets. It provides the necessary documentation to realize the full potential of DocBook publishing. It covers all aspects of DocBook publishing tools, including installing, using, and customizing the stylesheets and processing tools.


DocBook is a collection of standards and tools for technical publishing. DocBook was originally created by a consortium of software companies as a standard for computer documentation. But the basic “book” features of DocBook can be used for other kinds of content, so it has been adapted to many purposes.

The core DocBook standard is the DocBook Document Type Definition (DTD) maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee in OASIS. The DTD defines the vocabulary of content elements that an author can use and how they relate to each other. For example, a book element can contain a title element, any number of para elements for paragraphs, and any number of chapter elements. Using the DTD and XML syntax, authors mark up their text content with tag names enclosed in angle brackets like . The markup is similar to HTML, but with more tags and tighter rules.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • XSL processors
  • Getting the tools working
  • DocBook 5 tools
  • XML catalogs
  • Using stylesheet parameters
  • HTML output options
  • Printed output options
  • Customization methods
  • General customizations
  • Title page customization
  • HTML customizations
  • Print customizations
  • Bibliographies
  • Cross references
  • Footnotes
  • Glossaries
  • Graphics
  • Indexes
  • Languages, characters and encoding
  • Lists
  • Math
  • Modular DocBook files
  • Olinking between documents
  • Other output forms
  • Profiling (conditional text)
  • Program listings
  • Q and A sets
  • Revision control
  • Tables
  • Website

Book Details

Author(s): Bob Stayton
Publisher: Sagehill Enterprises
Format(s): HTML
Link: Read online.

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