This book describes the de facto standard for creating technical documents - the Docbook Data Type Definition (DTD). Docbook is used by most of the major Linux vendors, the Linux Documentation Project, and many large companies. Docbook is a specific set of SGML tags which can be used to create technical books, articles, etc. The book is largely a very clear description of each tag which exists in the Docbook DTD. The appendices cover issues like installation and getting started, which are too brief for my taste. The authors give a brief intro to SGML, describe the structure of a Docbook document, and then jump into the tag descriptions. The problem is, there is no such thing as a Docbook application, like MS Word or something. Either you have to write documents by hand in a text processor (e.g. Notepad or vi), or you need a terribly expensive SGML tool to automate the process for you (e.g. Arbortext's products). It took me quite a while to understand that!
Most books on SGML or XML are very theoretical. But DocBook is a real-world application that uses many of the advanced SGML/XML features. So this book provides a gentle introduction to a deeper understanding of SGML/XML. As now most of the free software documentation is directly written in DocBook and many free conversion tools are available, this book has become a cornerstone for my desk. Altho the information contained in this book is freely available in the internet this book is worth its price. In actual work, electronic documents cannot match the functionality of a reference book. One (doc)book beats a thousand windows.
Dieses Buch geht einen sehr praktischen Weg, in dem es eine DTD - und zwar die Docbook-DTD ausführlich beschreibt und somit von großem Nutzen ist in der Anwendung. Denn was nützen die schönsten Elemente, wenn keiner weiß, wozu man sie einsetzen soll?