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New Documents

  • Howtos With LinuxDoc mini-HOWTO
    Version 0.0, David S. Lawyer

    This is about how to write HOWTOs using the simple LinuxDoc markup. It's primarily for Linux Documentation Project authors (and future fledging authors who want to get started fast). If you want to use the more advanced DocBook markup (including XML) see the LDP Authoring Guide.

Updated Documents

DocBook Processor

One of the most frustrating problems we deal with is the difficulty in installing and configuring the DocBook tools. So, we found a way to do an end run around them. We now have an email based service that will process your DocBook SGML files and give you back the html via http.

Once we get through a beta period and this service has proved to be stable and reliable, we are going to offer it to the other documentation projects as well. Please write to David Merrill at david -AT- for more information.

OMF Support

Greg Ferguson of the LDP has put together a script that generates OMF (Opensource Metadata Framework) xml files directly from DocBook sources. We are making this script available to any other documentation group that would find it useful.