Re: UNIX manual page development tool

Subject: Re: UNIX manual page development tool
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 10:13:09 -0400

Max Zimani wrote:

> I've searched the archives for a tool I could use to develop UNIX manual
> pages, to no avail. I know of the prospects of using the VI editor, but hope
> that there's a better way of producing manual pages. So, if have any
> information about this topic, please share it with me.

The DocBook SGML and XLM DTDs were developed largely by Unix companies
(Sun, O'Reilly, ...) and are widely used in the Open Source community.
They include tags for "reference pages" which are essentially Unix man

Norm Walsh's excellent book "DocBook: the Definitive Guide", published
by O'Reilly has a section on this, starting on p 44.

Book home page:

I'm not sure if there are tools that will translate DocBook to the
nroff format used in traditional man pages. If so, there'd likely
be a link to them at the Linux Documentation Project site:


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