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NAME - convert DocBook Booksto Texinfo documents


       nsgmls [ sgml document ]| sgmlspl [ basename ]

       docbook2texi is a sgmlspl spec file that produces GNU Texinfo documents
       from DocBook documents.

       The program reads ESIS produced by nsgmls (or other SGML parsers)  from
       standard input.	Currently the document element must be Book, otherwise
       the results are undefined.

       Its output, the converted Texinfo document, is written to standard out‐

       The  file  basename.refs	 will  also be created, which contains all the
       nodes in the document and their immediate 'child' nodes.	 As node  pro‐
       cessing	always	require	 forward  references, docbook2texi must be run
       twice for each document: the first time to build	 the  references,  and
       the second to actually generate a valid document.

       The  SGMLSpm  package  from  CPAN.   This  package includes the sgmlspl
       script that is also needed.

       Trying docbook2man on non-DocBook or  non-conformant  SGML  results  in
       undefined behavior. :-)

       This program is a slow, dodgy Perl script.

       This  program does not come close to supporting all the possible markup
       in DocBook, and may produce wrong output in some cases  with  supported

       · How  the  hell	 do you represent a backslash (\) in Texinfo!!@?  I've
	 tried \\ but TeX complains about it.

       · Fix breakages found in the test documents.

       · Add new element handling and fix existing handling.  Be robust.

       · Make it faster. I think most of the speed problems  so	 far  is  with
	 parsing ESIS.	Rewrite with C and/or get input directly from

       · There are some dependencies on elements occurring when they are actu‐
	 ally  optional	 (according to the DTD).  We need to fix that (prefer‐
	 ably) or prominently state the requirements.

       · Allow other more common document elements.

       · Separate out node referencing to a separate script.  Not  only	 would
	 it  make  it faster/easier to maintain because it's separate from the
	 main code, but also I would like it to evolve into an automatic  Doc‐
	 Book ToC generator.

       Copyright (C) 1998-1999 Steve Cheng <>

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published  by  the
       Free  Software  Foundation;  either  version 2, or (at your option) any
       later version.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with  this  program; see the file COPYING.  If not, please write to the
       Free Software Foundation, 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

			       11 February 2004	       DOCBOOK2TEXI-SPEC.PL(1)

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