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hpr2378 :: Why Docbook?

Klaatu talks about why Docbook is the greatest

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Hosted by klaatu on 2017-09-13 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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What's so great about Docbook, any way? Glad you asked.


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Comment #1 posted on 2017-09-13T02:36:01Z by Mike Ray


I completely agree that it is impossible to write anything complex in markdown without resorting to HTML tags.

For me it's putting anchor tags around headings to provide in-page links.

But you should take a look at kramdown. Debian install:

apt-get install ruby-kramdown

Has stuff that markdown doesn't, like tables, stuff like id and class attribs for css etc.

And auto-generation of tables-of-contents

Comment #2 posted on 2017-09-13T08:17:05Z by Florian

whats so hard about code in a list?

7 spaces makes sense, it's 3 for everything belonging to the same point on you list plus 4 for the code, see experiments on
(Yeah, "github-flavored" markdown, but it's a common dialect these days)

I still prefer three backticks, but I come from trac-wiki syntax via ReStructuredText to markdown and using single backticks for inline monospace but
Code here
in track still annoys me.

I understand the additional value semantic markup has but in many cases it's nice but not necessary.

-- sysadmin who never broke out into HTML in rst or markdown …

Comment #3 posted on 2017-09-15T10:33:15Z by Klaatu


Had not heard of kramdown. I'll take a look at it, for kicks, because it sounds pretty good.

Comment #4 posted on 2017-09-15T10:42:29Z by Klaatu

github markdown

I have found that Guthub markdown is a heck of a lot better than markdown. In fact, it's so significantly better that I don't see why it's not merged into markdown yet, except that as far as I can tell markdown proper is unmaintained.

The existance of Github-markdown reinforces my point: markdown needed fixing.

But I agree; sometimes docbook is overkill and [github] markdown is a better choice. If I didn't say that in this or my previous episode, I did mean to, but maybe I was blinded by docbook passion.

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