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From: Joel de Guzman (joel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-23 08:30:45

Gennadiy Rozental wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been offline for a bit. But I was able to spend several weeks learning
> DocBook. I must say I was really impressed with quality of this project. I
> also tried to get a grasp of BoostBook and gave perfunctory look on
> quickbook. Here I would like to share my thoughts on recent "doc update"
> movement.
> I. quickbook as documentation media.
> Why, oh, why don't we learn from our own mistakes. We just started to
> realize the problem we got ourselves into with makesystem. And immediately
> find new toy to play with. However fun it is, however cool it might look on
> first sight, THIS IS NOT OUR BUSENESS to invent/support documentation
> format.

It is my business :-). As much as I like writing libraries, I also like
writing tools. And it *is* easy to support. It is merely a very thin layer
on top of docbook. It is very easy to understand, extend and maintain.
I am not the sole maintainer. It's being maintained by some folks and
I do get some contributions from a few more. IOTW, it's not a one-man-show.
And, it is not a new toy. It's been with us since 2002.

> DocBook is very mature, well supported project. It's based on widely
> accepted/supported technologies. It's powerful and configurable to implement
> essentially anything one need.

quickbook *is* docbook. What's the worry? If you get paranoid, you
can just dump into xml and forget about quickbook. Nothing lost!

> I personally don't see much valid reasons to
> look in home grown format direction.

Well, you can't please everybody ;) The good thing is, you don't need
to use it if you don't want to.


Joel de Guzman

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