gerard at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Mar 8 10:28:38 PST 2006
Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> BTW Gerard was thinking of restructuring the book to LaTEX format...
> Whoa. Where did this come from. Its the first I've heard of it.
hehe one step at a time. This has been on my mind for a number of years
actually. I just haven't persued it yet. I've always prefered a TeX
environment over XML/XSL especially for printing and publishing
purposes. If the LFS book will ever be converted to some TeX variant or
it ends up being a conversion target in the Makefile file...who knows.
It may or may not happen.
> In any case, a TeX based book would lose a *lot* of the metadata that
> are in the books now. Besides, TeX is about rendering. The idea behind
> docbook is to separate appearance from content--something like Knuth's
> tangle and weave paradigm. Docbook is the correct tool for LFS.
Which is why a conversion hasn't been a high priority. It's just a
thought I'm playing with when I have time.
I've never agreed with the idea that XML is the right tool for writing a
book. Updating it is pain too with all the XML tags you need to weave
into it. But then again, *TeX doesn't fix that either as it has its own
set of editing annoyances when it comes to editing.
Anyway, don't even worry about (La)TeX for LFS. I only brought it up as
an idle thought I had.
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