jralls at ceridwen.us
Fri Aug 28 04:45:44 EDT 2015
> On Aug 28, 2015, at 9:03 AM, Geert Janssens <geert.gnucash at kobaltwit.be> wrote:
> Thanks for the heads up. That's certainly an interesting opportunity to check out. On the other hand I wonder if markdown has enough structure enforcement (for example to ensure contributors will really use header markup instead of bold/underline where needed). I do agree that docbook xml is a big hurdle for newcomers and even not really appealing to more experienced people. So if we can find a good middleground I'd be all for it.
> Here's another option I have been pondering for a while, and just now took the time to do some minimal research on:
> http://blog.riemann.cc/2013/04/23/versioning-of-openoffice-libreoffice-documents-using-git/#comment-2209333934 <http://blog.riemann.cc/2013/04/23/versioning-of-openoffice-libreoffice-documents-using-git/#comment-2209333934>
> Move away from docbook completely and instead save our documents in flat odt. Advantages:
> - This is a format that's easy to store and manage in git.
> - There is a free wysiwyg editor that's universally available: libreoffice. Most people learn how to use it relatively quickly as most of them have used word processors before.
> - libreoffice can export to pdf. I even installed a plugin once to convert odt to epub, which worked reasonably well.
> - libreoffice can also be used headless for document conversion so it can be integrated in automated build processes.
> - in theory libreoffice can even export to html (though I have no idea of the quality).
I’ve used libre/openoffice to create html. It works reasonably well. Calibre’s docs say it can ingest ODT, which will take care of the ebook and mobi outputs.
http://open.comsultia.com/docbook2odf/about <http://open.comsultia.com/docbook2odf/about> looks like the least-obsolete way to convert from DocBook to ODT. Its SVN repo was last updated in 2009 but our DocBook version is pretty old too so it will probably work OK.
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