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docbook to PDF

I found 3 ways to convert docbook to PDF:

  • Using docbook-dsssl and openjade. This is the obsolet way to do it because dsssl was for sgml and is replaced by xsl. Anyway this way works but gives a not very beautifull result.
  • Using Norman Walsh docbook-xsl, xsltproc, passivetex, pdflatex. xsltproc creates a “formatting object” file (.fo) which is converted by passivetex to latex, which is, in his turn converted to pdf. It does not work because passivetex does not create a valid tex file.
  • Using Norman Walsh docbook-xsl, xsltproc,
    apache FOP
    , pdflatex. xsltproc creates a “formatting object” file (.fo) which is converted by apache fop to pdf. It gives a ugly result because many things in the .fo file are not supported by fop.
  • Using
    dblatex, xsltproc, pdflatex. xsltproc creates a tex file, which is, in his turn converted to pdf. It does not work because the created tex file is not valid.
  • Using
    db2latex, xsltproc, pdflatex. xsltproc creates a tex file, which is, in his turn converted to pdf. It does not work because the created tex file is not valid.

As a conclusion I have to say that it’s not yet easy to create PDF documentation with docbook.

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  1. Tom
    May 16, 2011 at 09:28

    Try http://docbookpublishing.com. It is a free web service for DocBook to PDF conversion.

  1. March 26, 2011 at 21:17

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