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RE: Yet another question
- To: Gregory Leblanc <>
- Subject: RE: Yet another question
- From: Luis Villa <>
- Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 00:30:18 -0400 (EDT)
- cc: , , "Paul Jones (E-mail)" <>
- Resent-Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 00:33:21 -0400 (EDT)
- Resent-Message-ID: <i9J5kD.A.PRB.BjRf5@murphy>
On Mon, 24 Jul 2000, Gregory Leblanc wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > So, I found the section on ldp.dsl in the HOWTO. This isn't
> > the format I'm
> > used to (or prefer) but it is getting closer. I have a couple
> > of questions
> > about it:
> > 1) Is there any way to force section 1 to be on a separate
> > page from the
> > table of contents? That combination makes the first page huge for me.
> Yes, there is. Unfortunately, I don't know what it is, and I hate the look
> of DSSSL so I haven't dug into it very much. Perhaps Jorge Godoy or Greg
> Ferguson can tell you how to do that. I'd prefer it to be that way as well
> as it makes for a nicer document.
Jorge? Greg? :) I can't promise anything other than massive thanks, but
that should count for something :)
> > 2) What is the canonical way to include your email in the
> > information at
> > the top of the index page? I've tried a few variations on
> > <AuthorBlurb>
> > and <Affiliation> with no success. Since that is what several
> > LDP authors
> > use (at least in the versions available on the web site), it
> > looks like
> > the LDP does not yet use DocBook to actually generate their
> > documents (at
> > least, they don't use DocBook in any way that I've made sense
> > of.) So- any
> > better suggestions?
> The easiest way is to snag it from a well written SGML document, the
> HOWTO-HOWTO would be a good once, since Mark looks to be really getting
> pretty good with DocBook. Getting the DocBook source will let you look at
> some of the other nice markup that DocBook provides that LinuxDoc does not.
I had looked at a couple others, but didn't have the sense to realize that
(of course) the HOWTO-HOWTO would probably be the best written of the
bunch. That said, while it does have some cool tags (I understand how the
revision history works now, I think) it still doesn't display the email up
top like I'd like to have (and like has always been LDP practice.) Anyone?
> > 3) Why is <Rant> not a DocBook tag? Seriously... I had always assumed
> > (when I heard that the LDP was switching from LinuxDoc to
> > DocBook) that
> > that went that DocBook had a well developed set of tools to work with,
> > just like LinuxDoc. These kinds of tools are what give CLIs a
> > bad name- I
> > don't see the advantage to switching to them if no one can
> > get anything
> > done with them. Of all things, writing docs should be
> > straightforward and
> > not require technical wizardry. Jeez. </Rant>
> Well, the tools are progressing a lot, they're actually hundreds of times
> better than when I started into this (isn't that comforting?) and I expect
> them to be almost good by the time that September rolls around.
After I wrote that rant, I read even further back in the list archives. I
hadn't realized it was quite so new. Still... very frustrating.
> I don't
> have the processing tools installed at all on the machines where I write
> documentation, I just write them, and email it off to the publishers. If
> they don't like how it looks, that's their problem, not mine.
Heh. I wish :) I've only written one book, but the editor is a Mac guy, so
you know what that meant for formatting... that's right, Word. Ugh.
> > Anyway, thanks again for your time- please cc: me to answers. I looked
> > into signing up, but the idea of getting 4 cron job messages
> > every hour is
> > unappealing.
> Paul! It's broke again. :-( Those CRON messages only show up in the
> archiver, and it's because something is wrong with MhonArc on Metalab. Or
> at least I assume that's it, since almost everybody on the Mailman list
> swears by it as an archiver. Anyway, sign up for the list, these are the
> kinds of messages we get, and it's pretty low traffic.
Oh, OK. That's cool. <insert snide Duke joke about UNC people here>
Thanks so much for all the help, everyone...
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