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1. HTML, Java, CGI, VRML, SGML Web
2. Content Management mit XML: Grundlagen
3. The SGML FAQ Book: Understanding
4. DocBook Publishing [Book and CD-ROM]
5. Sgml at Work
6. The Concise SGML Companion
7. Manual de Creacion de Paginas
8. Web Design in a Nutshell
9. OASIS (organization): Web Service,
10. HTML Fundamentals
11. DocBook: The Definitive Guide

1. HTML, Java, CGI, VRML, SGML Web Publishing Unleashed
by William Robert Stanek, Steven J. DeRose, et al.
Paperback: 916 Pages (1996-03)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$5.00
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Asin: 1575210517
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A complete guide to designing, creating, and publishing on the World Wide Web explains how to select the right software, design WWW documents, use multimedia, create interactive documents, and utilize Java, VRML, SGML, Adobe, HTML, and other software. Original. (Advanced).Amazon.com Review
Pretty much everything you need to know to do most everythingyou might want to do with Web-based publishing--all in a single book.In addition to the applications listed in the title, it coversmultimedia software (Shockwave and Macromedia Director), creatingsearch engines and indexing tools, management of Web site production,and more. The perfect book for folks who want to create Web sites withevery conceivable bell and whistle! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant!
I just purchased this book, I am also a web designer, although it is already outdated the theories presented by the author makes this book relevant to newer versions of HTML etc.This book is still a must fordesigners and a would be CLASSIC!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
I bought this book after taking on the task of learning *gasp* all of the facets of web programming and design, hoping this would be currentinformation. A lot of it is. If you're still developing and writing HTML inthe 3.0 version. I was surprisingly let down by this part of the Unleashedseries, which is usually known for high quality info. Not that it isn't agood book, it's just out of date. ** Wondering how to get money back now**.. My advice.. keep looking. This one is just not current enough to beuseful for so much of what's new now. Sorry Mr. Stanek, et al.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, but that was 2 years ago.
This book was great when I first started reading it....2 years ago.The author was well organized and very informative in his descriptions.If youwant basic knowledge, and then to expand on present material, this is thebook for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Information is Too Old
Although this book has great content, the information is too outdated.According to this book Java and frames, are not supported by IE. This bookis still teaching HTML 2 and HTML 3 (not 3.2). Don't expect to learn thatmuch about Java and CGI from this book either because it explains what theyare more that it teaches how to create applets and scripts using them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Information in one excellent book
Stanek did something 'heroic'. He wrote an overview in which every topic is written down in a clear and understandable way. The book is not just a summary, but it shows how several 'languages' could be used in web publishing, how to choose for a language, it's pros and cons, and how they can cooperate. It was about time that such a book was written, because many people could be overloaded with information without knowing what to do with it. By buying and reading this book you won't get 'overloaded'. Stanek takes you to a point from where he shows you what the possibilities are, what the differences are and how to make decisions in good design. For newbies and experienced people who are working in the field of webdesign, marketing and programming business a must! (Mr. Stanek, I owe you one..) ... Read more

2. Content Management mit XML: Grundlagen und Anwendungen (Xpert.press) (German Edition)
Paperback: 313 Pages (2000-12-15)
list price: US$35.09
Isbn: 3540665943
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"Content Management mit XML" wendet sich an Praktiker und Entscheider im Bereich Electronic Publishing, die eine fundierte Antwort auf die Frage benötigen, ob und in welchem Maße XML für Content Management-Aufgaben geeignet ist, also für die Erzeugung, Aufbereitung, Präsentation und Wiederverwendung von Inhalten. Hierzu werden die funktionalen, technologischen und konzeptionellen Grundlagen sowhl des Content Management-Prozesses wie auch des XML-Standards herausgearbeitet und präsentiert und damit verdeutlicht, warum XML die Schlüsseltechnologie beim Aufbau von Content Management-Prozessen aller Art sein wird. Besonderer Wert wird dabei auf die grundlegenden Prozesse gelegt, während die technischen Details des Standards bewußt knapp gehalten sind. Vertiefte XML-Kenntnisse werden nicht vorausgesetzt. Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen XML, HTML und Datenbanken werden herausgearbeitet und der Einsatz von XML in kommerziell verfügbaren Produkten vorgestellt. ... Read more

3. The SGML FAQ Book: Understanding the Foundation of HTML and XML (Electronic Publishing Series)
by Steven J. DeRose
Hardcover: 288 Pages (1997-06-18)
list price: US$106.00 -- used & new: US$74.00
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Asin: 0792399439
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The SGML FAQ Book: Understanding the Foundation of HTML andXML is similar, but not quite the same kind of thing as an onlineFAQ or `Frequently Asked Questions' list. It addresses questions frompeople who already actually use SGML in some way (including HTMLauthors), and people who are about to use it. It deals mainly withissues that arise when using SGML in practice. A very brief introduction to SGML is included as Appendix A. The questions discussed in The SGML FAQ Book are repeatedlyheard by people who make their living serving the SGML community.SGML experts spend many hours teaching these details, sometimesrepeatedly because some questions do not seem important --until you run into them. So one benefit of this book islearning more of the art of document creation and management, both bygeneral reading before questions arise and by specific reference whena question arises. For the latter use, the appendices, glossary, andindex are particularly important. A second benefit of this book is that it provides a common theme toits answers that you can apply in your use of SGML, HTML and relatedlanguages in general. The fundamental answer to many of the questionsboils down to `simplify': many questions do not show up if you use thesimple, elegant core of SGML without worrying about optional features.The credo of this book is simply, `SGML doesn't need to becomplicated'. SGML has the potential for complexity at certain points.But much of the complexity comes from optional parts and can beavoided. SGML methodology and its primary benefits suffer no loss evenif you skip many features, which speaks well for the quality of SGML'soverall design. Many of the questions discussed involve those optionalparts, and therefore can be avoided by judicious designers andauthors. The two key goals of the book are (1) to answer questions that you mayactually encounter as an SGML user, and to help you get `unstuck' andbe as productive as possible in using the language and (2) to showproactive ways you can simplify your use of SGML, and get its verysubstantial benefits with minimal complexity. ... Read more

4. DocBook Publishing [Book and CD-ROM]
by Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, Kara Pritchard
Paperback: 400 Pages (2001-04)
list price: US$39.99
Isbn: 0761533311
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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DocBook is an SGML format for writing structured documents and it has been adopted by a large and growing community of authors writing books of all kinds.DocBook Publishing provides clear, concise information on how DocBook can be used for publishing in-house documentation projects, academic purposes, and much more.This comprehensive reference covers all aspects of using DocBook, from writing a book or article to using Jade to convert DocBook files to finished products.Writers looking to publish a book, an article, or Web content will find all they need to know in this hands-on resource. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Fluff and Errors
Save your money and spend your time on the Linux Documentation Project web site.
This book does not contain a single useful detail on how to install and configure the software used to render documents, so make sure you're using a distribution of Linux which includes the tools. Windows users are out of luck.
None of the Chapter 5 example links work on the CD-ROM. The examples in the book and on the CD-ROM are not very complete or useful. The book and CD seem slapped together without organization or quality control. I'm sorry I bought it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Once over lightly
For a complete beginner, this book is OK, otherwise I think people are going to find it light on the details. Of course, it's the details that are hard to discover and get right.

Also, space was devoted to topics that are not really germane, like CVS, Emacs and vi. Of course one has to edit DocBook files, but devoting 3 chapters (out of 12 total) seems like padding. ... Read more

5. Sgml at Work
by Danny R. Vint
Textbook Binding: 1024 Pages (1998-08)
list price: US$67.00 -- used & new: US$213.22
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Asin: 0136365728
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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63657-1 The start-to-finish, real-world guide to implementing SGML! You already know that SGML can supercharge your publishing processes, helping you leverage information in powerful new ways. All that's left is the hard part-implementation. One book will guide you through every step: SGML at Work, the most detailed guide to building real-world SGML publishing systems. Expert SGML and XML developer Dan Vint presents a cradle-to-grave, soup-to-nuts methodology for deciding what to do, when to do it, and how to do it right. He answers key questions like:*Where do I start? *Should I implement my own DTDs or use DTDs that already exist? *How can I convert my legacy documents? *Which kinds of documents should I begin with? *How do I build an effective SGML-based document management system? *Which tools are available, and how do I make them work together?SGML at Work covers the nitty-gritty of building an SGML publishing system: developing DTDs as efficiently as possible; introducing a quality control cycle that works; using and adapting conversion tools; and more. You'll find extensive code and software configurations you can use today.If you're implementing SGML, don't reinvent the wheel-let SGML at Work help you get the job done right, the first time.CD-ROM INCLUDED The SGML at Work CD-ROM contains an extraordinary library of commercial SGML trialware, and configurations to support the immediate use of: Corel Ventura Publisher 7 and WordPerfect 8; Grif; InContext SGML editors; ArborText Adept*Editor and Document*Architect; the OmniMark programming language for document conversion and manipulation; the Texcel Information Manager; and all these delivery tools: INSO DynaText and DynaWeb; and SoftQuad Panorama Pro. You'll also find a complete working sample implementation that takes a FrameMaker document through DTD development, SGML conversion, cleanup, editing, presentation and document management. This sample is used to develop programs and demonstrate the SGML industry's best commercial shareware and freeware tools. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not for production
Almost totally useless for a commercial shop. Instead of describing a document production environment the book 'points and clicks' through the GUI user interfaces of a mishmash of unrelated tools. Some samples on the CD may be helpful. ... Read more

6. The Concise SGML Companion
by Neil Bradley
Paperback: 336 Pages (1996-11-25)
list price: US$36.99 -- used & new: US$26.50
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Asin: 0201419998
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Clarity, comprehensive coverage and precision are just afew of the reasons why anyone who needs to get up to speed with SGMLwill appreciate The Concise SGML Companion. This book is destined tobecome the essential desktop/briefcase reference for busy SGMLpractitioners. Neil Bradley's philosophy, 'to get to the point quicklyand stick with it until it's been fully explained', has been eagerlyreceived by his reviewers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So concise that it is incomplete and almost unusable
As stated in the title of the book, The Concise SGML Companion is really consice. The book is very seriously presented and the there is absolutely no hand waving involved. Every page is filled with usefulinformation.

The problem with this book is that is to concise!First ofall SGML is not explained in full. There is several (not commenly used)parts of SGML that is simply not discussed. If the book is supposed to beused as a reference book (as seems to be the point) the it becomes useless.Not even the road map (a strangely formatted list of production rules) inthe end of the book is complete. This book is not to be used alone. If onlyone book is to be bought then The SGML Handbook is a better alternative.

Second, all the examples is very short (mostly 3 lines or less) and canit hard to grasp the context in which each construction is used. The bookshould have had at least a few larger examples and at least one full SGMLdocument showing most the features.

Third, there is chapters thatintroduce HTML and CALS tables, which in my opinion is not very relevantfor the book. If any other languages are to be described it is XML. XML wasnot developed at the time of writing, but then a newer edition could havedone that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference for DTD syntax
I had to learn SGML "the hard way" and this book became a bible to me - it is now my most treasured SGML book - all battered and highlighted to death.

It offers a concise guide to the syntax of SGMLDTDs.It isn't meant for folks looking for anall over how-to book forSGML.Its a seriousreference book that is concise and to the point. ... Read more

7. Manual de Creacion de Paginas Web con CD-ROM (en Espanol/Spanish) (Manuales PC Users) (Spanish Edition)
by Fernando Casale, Gustavo Katcheroff, MP Ediciones
Paperback: 223 Pages (1999-03-06)
list price: US$17.90 -- used & new: US$144.46
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Asin: 9879131541
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Cada vez son mas las personas que quieren difundir ideasa traves de un sitio en la Web. Con este libro, el mejor explicadosobre la creacion, publicacion y promocion de sitios en Internet,podra entender y poner en practica paso a paso todo el proceso. Comoarmar una pagina personal simple o compleja, y todos los datos paraalojarla y promocionarla.

Cree rapidamente paginas utilizando las herramientas WYSIWYG, comoNetscape Composer o FrontPage Express.Crear paginas directamente enHTML basico y avanzado desde un simple editor de texto.LenguajeJavaScript, con ejemplos de rutinas.Disenios claros que no confundenni con imagenes pesadas de mucho tiempo para bajarlas.

Incluye un CD con mas de 60 programas, una galeria con mas de 5000imagenes, fuentes y archivos MIDI, tutoriales, tests de autoevaluaciony mucho mas. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent
This is an excelent book buy it

3-0 out of 5 stars Buen libro, pero básico en programación
* El CD es bueno, contiene bastantes imágenes, para aquellos que saben utilizar programas de manipulación de imágenes, pueden hacer uso de algunas para su sitio.

* Contiene tambien bastante código re-utilizable, que esbueno tambien, sim embargo, la mayoría de estos los encuentras eninternet.

* El problema con este libro, es que está enfocado aprogramación básica, no entra en detalles como Bases de datos, Macromedia,e incluso scripts.

* Lo recomiendo para aquellas personas que deseenempezar en esto. Es fácil de leer, y con bastantes ejemplos.


3-0 out of 5 stars Básico, pero flexible
Este libro te enseña a utilizar código mas que nada. No habla sobre bases de datos, ni sobre applets, o Macromedia. Siento que está muy atrás de lo que es internet hoy en día.

* Para los que son nuevos en esto, estáperfecto.

* Para el que quiere crecer sus conocimientos en el Desarrollode Internet, no es muy bueno.

* Para el que es muy autodidacta, no se lorecomiendo, ya que puede aprender todo lo que viene en el libro, en elmismo Internet.

Reutilizar código es bueno, pero tambien necesitamossaber al 100% cómo realizarlo.

El CD que viene con el libro, es bueno.Tiene muchas imágenes que puedes utilizar en caso de sabermanipularlas.


4-0 out of 5 stars Muy Sencillo y práctico
Este libro les ayudará a crear sus páginas web de una manera muy sencilla. No utiliza literatura complicada y cada cosa es explicada suponiendo que no poseemos mucha experiencia previa en el tema. Ideal para personas quese inicianen el armado de páginas Web. ... Read more

8. Web Design in a Nutshell
by Jennifer Niederst
Paperback: 640 Pages (2001-10-15)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$3.97
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Asin: 0596001967
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. It's an excellent reference for HTML 4.01 tags (including tables, frames, forms, color, and cascading style sheets) with special attention given to browser support, platform idiosyncrasies, and standards. You'll also find lots of updated information on using graphics, multimedia, audio and video, and advanced technologies such Dynamic HTML, Javascript, and XML, as well as new chapters on XHTML, WML, and SMIL. This book is an indispensable tool for web designers and authors of all levels. Full Description Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, written and organized so that answers can be found quickly. This completely revised and expanded 2nd edition is chock-full of information about the wide range of front-end technologies and techniques from which web designers and authors must draw. Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition is an excellent reference for HTML 4.01 tags (including tables, frames, forms, color, and cascading style sheets) with special attention given to browser support, platform idiosyncrasies, and standards. You'll also find lots of updated information on using graphics, multimedia, audio and video, and advanced technologies such Dynamic HTML, Javascript, and XML, as well as new chapters on XHTML, WML, and SMIL. This book is an indispensable tool for web designers and authors of all levels.Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition includes:Discussions of the web environment including monitors and browsers, printing from the Web, accessibility, and internationalization A complete reference to HTML and Server Side Includes, including up-to-date browser support (Netscape 6, IE 6.0, and Opera 5) for every tag and attribute Updated chapters on creating GIF, animated GIF, JPEG, and PNG graphics, including designing with the Web Palette Information on multimedia and interactivity, including audio, video, Flash 5 and Shockwave, and a new chapter on SMIL A revised tutorial and reference on Cascading Style Sheets Appendixes detailing HTML tags, attributes, deprecated tags, proprietary tags, CSS compatibility and support, and character entitiesAmazon.com Review
In 1998, Jennifer Niederst wrote the first edition of this very successful book after she found herself spending way too much time chasing down the solutions to HTML problems. From hexadecimal color specs to mouseover scripts, the answers are all out there, but finding the exact one you need can soak up a whole day. "I wrote Web Design in a Nutshell because it was the book I needed--one place to find quick answers to my questions."

With all that's changed in the meantime, an overhaul is welcome. This is the rare book for designers that is almost completely nonvisual. It doesn't show what's hip in navigational bars or what the coolest colors are. Rather, it gives readers the kind of know-how that can make a difference between someone who just whips up pretty pages with WYSIWYG applications like Dreamweaver and someone who can make those pages cross-platform, cross-browser, fast loading, and accessible to all.

The clear organization makes it easy to locate any specific topic. There are six sections. "The Web Environment" discusses the realities of browser compatibility, display-resolution problems, a useful bit of Unix, and tips for print designers looking to move into Web design. "Authoring" shows how to write accurate and up-to-date HTML, cascading style sheets, and Server Side Includes (like putting the current date and time on your homepage).

"Graphics" brings together all you need to know to make effective use of images (GIFs, JPEGS, PNGs, and animated GIFs). "Multimedia and Interactivity" helps with adding audio, video, or Flash to your site (including some succinct tips on optimization and publish settings). And "Advanced Technologies" covers JavaScript, DHTML, XML, XHTML, and WAP and WML. And there are six useful look-up tables in the appendix, which include HTML 4.0 tags, deprecated tags, attributes, and CSS support across browsers. Web Design in a Nutshell could easily have been titled The Web Designer's Companion--it's mighty handy to have around. --Angelynn Grant ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Arrived as described
Book was exactly as it was described.Got to me pretty quickly.Good deal too - way less expensive than Borders or Barnes and Noble.

5-0 out of 5 stars Web Design in a Nutshell
This is a great desk reference book! While it is a challenging book to read, I know it will come in super handy when I need to find the answer to a specific technical question!

2-0 out of 5 stars Late Shipping
I had ordered this book within my state (Michigan) so that I might get it faster.It was not mailed until a week after I had placed my order.Very disappointed as I needed this book for a college class.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best books around
the author knows the subject well, and she writes well.i found myself reading the book for hours, and learning new things in a nice and organized way.if just all books are like that...

it is good for beginner and intermediate level.if you are at an advanced level or guru level, you may find that you know about it already.but since this book talks about so many aspect of web technologies, unless you advanced in most areas, you probably still find it useful or good to have as a reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook
Reached me in time (Amazon Prime) in excellent condition. This book is perfect for all those who are beginners in Web Designing. Five stars. No Fault! ... Read more

9. OASIS (organization): Web Service, Democratic Process, SGML, CALS Table Model, Extensible Markup Language, UN/CEFACT, EbXML
Paperback: 140 Pages (2010-02-24)
list price: US$61.00
Isbn: 6130497539
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business and web service standards. Members of the consortium decide how and what work is undertaken through an open, democratic process. Technical work is carried out under the following categories: Web Services, e-Commerce, Security, Law & Government, Supply Chain, Computing Management, Application Focus, Document-Centric, XML Processing, Conformance/Interop, and Industry Domains. ... Read more

10. HTML Fundamentals
by Curt Robbins
Spiral-bound: 156 Pages (1996-07-01)
list price: US$29.00
Isbn: 1891976036
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This 160 page workbook--published in a convenient spiral-bound format--is a detailed tutorial that teaches you how to create Web pages using the HyperText Markup Language, more commonly known as HTML. This versatile course, intended for both self-paced environments and instructor-led classrooms, is designed for those with little or no knowledge of HTML. "HTML Fundamentals" is popular with all types of users, both new and experienced, because it is written in plain English, rather than confusing technobabble. The straightforward style and convenient reference appendices make this one of Quessing's most popular courses.

"HTML Fundamentals" employs useful aids to make learning about HTML enjoyable and easy. At the conclusion of each lesson is a detailed summary and a challenging quiz. An extensive glossary and detailed index close out the course. Appendices listing useful Web sites and other beneficial pieces of information are also provided, allowing the workbook to serve as a valuable reference long after you have completed the course. This comprehensive Internet course combines readable text with detailed, intuitive schematics that illustrate complex Internet mechanisms and processes. High-resolution graphics of actual Web sites guide you through lecture text and dozens of hands-on exercises. ... Read more

11. DocBook: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly XML)
by Norman Walsh, Leonard Muellner
Paperback: 652 Pages (1999-10-28)
list price: US$36.95 -- used & new: US$36.95
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Asin: 1565925807
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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DocBook is a Document Type Definition (DTD) for use with XML(the Extensible Markup Language) and SGML (the Standard GeneralizedMarkup Language). DocBook lets authors in technical groups exchangeand reuse technical information. The emerging generation of Web browserswill be able to read and search XML documents; therefore authors willbe able to create DocBook documents that function both as professionallyproduced hard-copy books and as online documents available over theWorld Wide Web. This book contains an introduction to SGML, XML, andthe DocBook DTD, plus the complete reference information for DocBook.Amazon.com Review
The DocBook SGML specification allows publishers to mark uptext content to be used in traditional print as well as on theWeb. DocBook: The Definitive Guide examines and catalogs theentirety of the DocBook specification and will be useful to anyone whouses SGML to publish documents.

DocBook uses SGML to structure thecontents of a book, identifying such elements as authors, chapters,headings, and so on. The heart of DocBook: The Definitive Guidelies in its full reference of over 300 DocBook elements, organizedalphabetically (from "Abbrev" to "Year"). The syntax of each elementis described, along with sample SGML code illustrating its properusage.

This book assumes a working knowledge of SGML, though basicconcepts are described during the introduction. Later referencesections present a wide range of DocBook "entities." (These are valuesthat can be used to describe custom content within a DocBookdocument.) Character entities, codes used to describe diacritics andmathematical symbols, are also listed.

Later sections addressDocBook customization, including removal of unused elements. As youmight expect, no single publishing scheme employs every SGML elementavailable; however, like any good reference, it includes a discussionof each element that could conceivably be used. Another useful sectiondiscusses the relationship between DocBook and XML, including thefairly simple conversion possibilities for cross-translating thesemarkup types.

DocBook is a powerful way to distribute books, bothin traditional print and online. Provided you have some knowledge ofSGML, anyone who makes use of the DocBook specification will benefitfrom this worthy reference. --Richard Dragan

Topicscovered: DocBook basics and SGML/XML; publishing books withDocBook; style sheet languages: FOSIs, DSSSL, CSS, and XSL; DocBookelement reference; attribute entities; class entities; commonentities; module entities; local attribute entities; mixture entities;module parameter entities; role attribute parameter entities;character entities; customizing DocBook; converting DocBook to XML. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference to help you build your DTD...
If you are (like I am) in a situation where you need to serve two masters with a DTD you're trying to build (the online and the print world), after your first or second rough passes at putting it together yourself (there's a great many tools out there to help you in this, of which I personally recommend XMLSpy from Altova), then is when O'Reilly's DocBook will come in handy. The matter of the fact is that, no matter how much brain you put into the creation of a multi-purpose DTD: these guys thought it over several times a while before you, but granted that you might not have a use for a vast majority of the elements presented in DocBook, it will help get your feet out of the mud when in trouble and you don't know how to deal with a very particular situation.

The only "negative" part about it is that, with its print date of 1999, it is clearly outdated, but who cares, when even an outdated version of the standard will be considerably better than what you can come up with on your own!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not really required
The problem with this book is never up to date with the latest and gratest DocBook stuff. You can download a copy of the reference guide for free, so why would you need a hard copy?

I think the main reason for buying this book is to say thank you to Norman Walsh, we has been the DocBook lead for ages, and we all know he does a great job. From that perspective, this book is definitely a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Guide
I recommend this book to anyone starting on the road to DocBook. Not only is it useful for the new user, like I was, it has a comprehensive reference section for all the elements of the DocBook SGML.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Useful Book for SGML/DocBook Authors
This book presents full detail on the use of the DocBook "DTD," documenting the various sorts of elements that can be used to structure a sophisticated technical document.

DocBook supports all the sorts of titles, subtitles, paragraphs, tables, itemized environments, and such that are likely to be needed to produce something like a book, and this book documents in goodly detail the hundreds of such "document elements," and how they are put together.

There is an introductory section which swiftly runs through an overview of SGML/XML, and describes how DocBook may be customized.The book contains more documentation about the DSSSL rendering language than seems to be available anywhere else, although if there is to be disappointment in the book, it is in that "more than anywhere else" still isn't quite enough.

The body of the book then goes into detail on each and every document element.This is necessarily dry material, fortunately combined with often-humorous examples of how to use the elements.

What may NOT be obvious from the book is what tools should be used to edit DocBook documents, and what the production process should be like.Briefly, the more sophisticated the text editor, the better (in a word, Emacs!), and production usually to involve some sort of "batch" process that transforms DocBook into HTML, RTF, or TeX output.

The most visible users of DocBook are the many "Open Source" and "Free Software" projects that often surround Linux.Perhaps most well-known is the Linux Documentation Project, though DocBook is used for MANY other things.I prepare my own web pages using DocBook, for instance.

The existing tools for DocBook have the strength (over, say, using raw HTML) that they can automatically generate internal crossreferences, tables of contents, and the likes.A weakness is that other sorts of references (indexes, bibliographies) likely need programmed intervention.[Be prepared to write code...]

If you're planning to write technical documentation using DocBook, this is an excellent reference that you will likely greatly appreciate having.Personally, I prefer having a "dead trees" edition to page through to mousing through the online versions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good reference with a couple of flaws
The DocBook standard is a way of marking up a document so it can be printed in multiple ways.The benefit is that the document you create contains only the content -- if you want to generate web pages, or a printable file, the same source text file will do both for you.This can save you a lot of time in maintaining parallel print and web versions.

I used this book to create an employee handbook for my company in both print and web formats, and found it very handy, though it does have a couple of problems.Good things first: it contains a complete reference to every element in the DocBook standard, so you can look up Note or SimpleList or Article or RevHistory and find everything you need to know.This is the bulk of the book, in fact, and is what it is mostly useful for.

However, even these entries have one big flaw: they don't give you much of an indication of where they can be used.For example, if you want to add a Note to your text, can you do it from the section level, or do you have to be inside a para tag?The book won't give you this information if you look up Note--you have to look up all the different things it might be inside to find it.In practice this isn't too bad since you tend to settle down into a default set of tags you know well; it's more of a problem when you run into an exception.

The first five chapters give you an overview of SGML and XML, and then take you straight into the basics of creating DocBook documents.This section is good explanatory material and will definitely help orient you if you're not sure what DocBook can do for you.There's also a section on how to interpret OpenJade errors, which are among the least comprehensible error messages I've ever seen.This section is well-intentioned but not much use--the error messages are just too poorly written to be useful.They do give you the line number though, so that's usually where you have to start.

Installation and setup is another matter.There's an appendix which is helpful but there are a lot of pieces to get right and you should be prepared to take some time over this.Get help from someone who's done it before, if possible.

I would have liked to see a diagram of how all the pieces fit together--SGML, the parser, transformation, the DSSSL files, and the output formats.I had to draw my own to understand it.

Overall, recommended, for the explanatory material and the reference section; but it could be improved. ... Read more


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