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Writing Documentation Using DocBook: A Crash Course

Posted on 16 December 2002 by Demian Turner

If you’re interested in writing DocBook style documentation this tutorial is for you.  DocBook is basically SGML (XML) markup that can be output in any of the following formats:

  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Man pages
  • PostScript
  • TeX and DVI
  • RTF
  • TexInfo

DocBook is generally considered the standard for programming documentation (not API docs) but is used in many other disciplines as well.  If you’ve ever read PEAR documentation of anything by Eric Raymond, you’ve read DocBook :-)

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Well, the PHP Documentation itself is also written in DocBook 😉

  2. demian Says:

    Alan Knowles has an excellent summary on how to write documentation for PearDoc at http://news.php.net/article.php?group=php.pear.dev&article=13061

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