On 4/4/11, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)gmail(dot)com>
>> On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Susanne Ebrecht <susanne(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
>>> Anyway, I figured out there is another argument for XML:
>>> My information is that DocBook 5.0 won't support SGML anymore.
>>> Which means - sooner or later a reaction is needed.
>> Yes, indeed.
>> I don't think that during the 9.1 alpha phase is the right time to
>> think about this, but this certainly seems appropriate to consider as
>> a 9.2 "ToDo" item.
>> There are arguments as to why to switch to version 5, which is,
>> indeed, XML-only.
> AFAICT, the biggest problem with our existing toolchain is that it's
> hard for some people to get it working. In theory, we have
> documentation that explains this:
> However, in contrast to the vast majority of our documentation, it stinks.
I've certainly wasted non-trivial amounts of time trying to get it to
work on some platforms. I'd be *very* glad to see us using a
simplified toolchain if possible.
Another point to note is that whilst it will still be possible to
install older versions of docbook for a while, presumably that'll
become more and more of a pain, as distros update to 5.x, requiring
users to start building manually, and having to deal with parallel
installations of two versions.
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