Subject: Re: [xsl] DocBook to plain text - what do you use?|
From: Paul DuBois <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 07:47:57 -0500
On Wed, Jul 28, 2004 at 08:47:47AM +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote: > 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. I agree that it seems like it should be much easier. That's one reason I'm puzzled that such a thing doesn't seem to exist. Is it just that no one is interested in producing plain text? (For example, to produce README files and such from a distribution's general DocBook documentation sources?) Or is the need little enough that lynx -dump is good enough for people's purposes? > 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. True, but naturally I had hoped to avoid writing such a thing myself. :-) Maybe it'd be easier to write a transform to convert DocBook to atox format and let atox handle it ...
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