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From: Douglas Gregor (gregod_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-22 09:18:54

On Monday 22 September 2003 10:02 am, Kevin S. Van Horn wrote:
> Douglas Gregor wrote:
> > there is a project to normalize the look-n-feel of Boost
> > documentation via the "BoostBook" documentation format.
> Looking at the BoostBook Wiki, it states that the goals for the BoostBook
> format include
> - should be possible to express mathematical formulas
> How well does BoostBook meet these goals? It seems to be based on DocBook,
> and my experience with DocBook has been that using it is quite painful if
> you have any significant amount of mathematics in your document.

It's failing this goal quite fantastically, for the reason you give. DocBook
had a whole heck of a lot of advantages that LaTeX did not, but LaTeX had the
solid math support.

> - source format should be easy to write and read.

This is mostly a matter of taste :) XML can be tedious to write (although the
editor support is very good), but it's not hard. One can write a simple
BoostBook document using the "HTML conversion guide" that's part of the
BoostBook documentation. The C++ part of BoostBook is big (lots of elements),
but similar enough to C++ in terminology and structure that it isn't hard to
write; besides, one doesn't need to write this part any more because the
Doxygen bridge is getting much, much better now.


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