Re: The Swiss Army Knife of Collaborative Writing

Subject: Re: The Swiss Army Knife of Collaborative Writing
From: Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:46:47 -0700

Hi Robert,

Depends on your objectives, the output you need, and the skills you have available.

It's quite possible those two exporters would be a better option for someone starting from scratch. I haven't tried the PDF or ePub exporters, so I can't comment on them, but I can see how a good, clean means for exporting those two outputs, while still being able to provide a documentation wiki, could make a pretty capable package.

We started using DocBook well before we started using Confluence, so we already had a well-tested DocBook toolchain in place. And I'm comfortable doing production, especially print production, with DocBook. Without those two factors, plus a need for high-quality print production, I could see us using something like those two exporters.

Best regards,
Richard
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On Sep 17, 2013, at 12:10 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote:

> For someone starting from scratch, it would probably be a whole lot
> simpler to use Scroll's PDF and ePub exporters.
>
> On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM, Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net> wrote:
>> Hi Robert,
>>
>> We use a set of open-source DocBook stylesheets with some customizations. We use the stylesheets to generate xsl:fo (which we process with a proprietary tool called RenderX to get PDF) and ePub (we generate Kindle books using Amazon's ePub to Kindle converter, kindlegen).
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