[was what writing tools do you use]

Murray McAllister murray.mcallister at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 20:09:21 UTC 2007

On Nov 14, 2007 11:46 PM, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-11-14 at 21:17 +1000, Murray McAllister wrote:
> > Just following up on the survey. I noticed a few people using
> > OpenOffice - is this because there are some magical XML tools for it?
> > Just curious, as I've never used Open Office, or considered it, for
> > Docbook.
> >
> > Thanks for the help.
> OpenOffice.org saves its own files in an XML format (inside a ZIP
> archive named with a ".od?" extension).  OO.o also has XSLT available to
> save documents as DocBook, but the template is rather limited, and there
> is no style package to help the user stick with styles that will
> translate well through the XSLT.  In general, you can do OK if you stick
> only with Heading[123], Body Text, and a couple of the list formats, but
> it's not really ready for prime time IMHO.  Being able to use markup
> like <command>, <screen>, <package>, <userinput>, <computeroutput>, and
> <segmentedlist> are pretty important in our docs.
> The fact that these things are missing is just a matter of elbow grease
> though.  It's not some miraculous programming feat that's needed, just
> some people who are XML/XSLT friendly and have time to come up with the
> appropriate transformations.  If I'd had the time, I guess I'd have
> worked on this already, but my XSLT tends to be a *lot* of trial and
> error.  (And error. And error....)
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Hi Paul,

Thanks for the great feedback. I'll have to take a closer look, I have
noticed the save to xml/docbook features, but I've never tried them
properly ;) As far as XML/XSLT goes, I have no idea so I'd be no help.
However, I do know someone who may be interested :)

Kind Regards,


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