WhyDocBook

Norman Walsh edited this page Oct 3, 2015 · 3 revisions

Although DocBook has become a widely used standard (maybe even ''the'' de facto standard for marking up technical documentation), there are other systems and markup vocabularies that provide capabilities similar to what DocBook provides. But there are some special characteristics of DocBook that have helped to earn it an especially large and loyal user base: different types of content free tools

  • thoroughly documented (in DocBookTheDefinitiveGuide and in DocBookTutorials in several languages)

  • widely implemented and extensively tested in production systems around the world -- by commercial organizations such as Sun, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Novell, SCO, Caldera, and Red Hat, by open-source groups such as the KDE and GNOME, FreeBSD, Debian, and Linux documentation projects and the Darwin Documentation Project at Apple, and by thousands of individual users

  • freely supported by a network of thousands of users, with help always available on the DocBookAppsMailingList and DocBookMailingList

truly open standard history customizable and extensible document-authoring applications easy-to-install-and-maintain packages

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