Re: (dsssl) Properly numerated biblography references

Subject: Re: (dsssl) Properly numerated biblography references
From: Brandon Ibach <bibach@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 17:32:57 -0600
Quoting Pavel Tolkachev <pavel.tolkachev@xxxxxx>:
> Thanks Brandon,
> You saved a great deal of trial-and-error for me. I am a novice in
> DSSSL and even having both the standard and the source code in front
> of me, could spend hours to find the right piece to tweak.
   My pleasure.  DSSSL does have a pretty steep learning curve, I
admit.  However, there are a few good tutorials out there to get you
started, and numerous Scheme programming resources which can get you
up to speed on the overall language, since DSSSL is based so heavily
on Scheme.
   Once you've gotten basically familiar with the syntax and model
behind DSSSL, the best way to learn is to look at how things are done
in the Docbook stylesheets.  Norm Walsh not only created an excellent
publishing tool, he also created an excellent learning tool.
   One last comment, before I sign off.  With all due respect to James
Clark as editor, the DSSSL spec is *NOT* a good way to learn about
DSSSL when you're just starting.  It is an excellent technical
reference, more explicit and complete than, say, the average standard
produced by the W3C.  However, the W3C's specs are also much more
readable.  As an experienced DSSSL user, I go to the spec when I need
clarification on how something works.  I often find myself having to
read a paragraph several times to make sure I understand it, but I
know that the relevant details are always there.  So, just remember
that the spec is a reference, not a user's guide. :)

-Brandon :)

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