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From: Rene Rivera (grafikrobot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-24 21:06:35

Joel de Guzman wrote:
> Why? some people, do not like the elaborate tool chain that
> Doc/BoostBook requires. Some parts of the tool chain, e.g. FOP,
> is severely broken, XSLT is so slow and difficult to understand
> and maintain, etc. DocBook is not perfect, you know. It too has
> its own sets of problems.

I would be one of those people. So blame be if you must. And if it
wasn't clear before... I hate XSTL. IMO it is one of the worse
programming languages ever invented. But this is probably off-topic ;-)

> A boost/docbook backend will still be supported, for sure.

Indeed. I am, personally since i"m the oen doing the changes to
Quickbook for plugable backends, to make Quickbook more flexible in this
respect. First, to make the maintenance of the XML generation much
simpler and easier. Second, to guard against future document format
changes. After all someone might decide DocBook is silly and switch to
something else, at which point I'd rather rewrite the quickbook
generator than all my documentation. And last, for my won personal
interest in using Quickbook to generate web pages, RSS feeds, etc. on
the fly.

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