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DocBook is a markup language for technical documentation, originally intended for authoring technical documents, related to computer hardware and software but which can be used for any other sort of documentation.

One of the principal benefits of DocBook is that it enables its users to create document content in a presentation-neutral form that captures the logical structure of the content; that content can then be published in a variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, man pages and HTML Help, without requiring users to make any changes to the source. (from Wikipedia:Docbook)

From oasis-open.org:

DocBook is a DTD maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee of OASIS. It is particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software (though it is by no means limited to these applications).

Because it is a large and robust DTD, and because its main structures correspond to the general notion of what constitutes a "book," DocBook has been adopted by a large and growing community of authors writing books of all kinds. DocBook is supported "out of the box" by a number of commercial tools, and there is rapidly expanding support for it in a number of free software environments. These features have combined to make DocBook a generally easy to understand, widely useful, and very popular DTD. Dozens of organizations are using DocBook for millions of pages of documentation, in various print and online formats, worldwide.

The DocBook DTD was originally designed and implemented by HaL Computer Systems and O'Reilly & Associates around 1991. It was developed primarily for the purpose of holding the results of troff conversion of UNIX documentation, so that the files could be interchanged. Its design appears to have been based partly on input from SGML interchange projects being conducted by the UNIX International and Open Software Foundation consortia.

-- PeterThoeny - 20 Jan 2006


The TextFormattingRules of TWiki have many elements of DocBook. It could be extended to use TWikiForBookAuthoring.

-- PeterThoeny - 03 May 2001

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