Re: [xsl] DocBook to plain text - what do you use?

Subject: Re: [xsl] DocBook to plain text - what do you use?
From: Nicolas Mailhot <Nicolas.Mailhot@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:47:47 +0200
On mar, 2004-07-27 at 23:23 -0500, Paul DuBois wrote:
> The DocBook XSL stylesheets can produce FO, HTML, XHTML, ... but
> I'm wondering: What's a good way to produce plain text?
> My searches thus far turn up things like sgmltools-lite and docbook2X,
> but I'm interested in XML DocBook, not SGML DocBook, and I prefer not
> to use something that requires Jade or DSSSL.
> One option is to use the DocBook stylesheets to produce HTML, then
> run that through lynx -dump to generate plain text.  Are there other
> useful approaches?  What do *you* do?

If I had to do it once that'd be HTML + lynx -dump.

For anything more repetitive I'd write a custom XSLT stylesheet -
outputing plain text seems a lot easier than the transforms the current
stylesheets do now.

Of course, that depends on your xslt experience and the time you can
allocate. If you need a good control of the outputed text nothing will
beat an XSL IMHO.


Nicolas Mailhot

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