DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide
14:20, 30 Jun 2003 UTC | Michael Smith

Bob Stayton has released DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide, an online book covering "all aspects of DocBook XML publishing tools, including installing, using, and customizing the XSL stylesheets and processing tools."

A PDF version of the guide is available for purchase; an HTML version of the full text is also available online.

It is a massive guide, weighing in at 26 chapters (300+ letter-size pages), with step-by-step instructions on everything from tool setup to customizing output to stylesheet debugging.

Stayton has some first-rate qualifications for authoring such a guide. He's a member of the DocBook Technical Committee at OASIS, responsible for overseeing changes to the DocBook vocabulary itself, and one of the most active contributors to discussions on the docbook-apps mailing list, often tackling questions from new users or following up on bug reports from the field.

Also, along with Jirka Kosek, he's a major contributor to development of the DocBook XSL stylesheets (created by Norm Walsh, who also continues to do principal development on them). Among a variety of bug fixes and smaller enhancements, he's responsible for contributing the implementation of XSLT support for the DocBook Olink element, a sophisticated system that enables relative links to be maintained among rendered DocBook documents -- covered in detail in the book.

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