|Authors||Norman Walsh, Leonard Muellner||Entered||2000-12-28 00:11:00 by bcrowell|
|Edit||edit data record||Freedom||Copyrighted, doesn't cost money to read, but otherwise not free (disclaimer)|
|Subject||Q.A - Mathematics. Computer science (applications)|
|Just a dry reference manual|
by bryce on 2000-12-28 20:50:00, review #63
Part I is rather superficial, touching only briefly on a number of complex issues. While there are a few terse code examples, these are presented without indication of what the final document will look like. There is little guidance regarding software needed for actually writing in the language; with as frequently as software changes, this strategy is understandable, but yet it leaves the novice with a sizeable gap to leap before they can put the information in the book to good use - especially if they wish to use this "cross platform" language on anything other than UNIX.
Part II is a long and detailed listing of all the tags for this writing language. While it is certainly handy to have such a complete, detailed reference, it makes the language seem utterly forboding. I cannot imagine that DocBook will be successful if this is the only guide that novices to DocBook have to learn from.
Fortunately DocBook is simple enough that one can learn it without such a tome. ;-)
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2005-01-18 11:26:35, review #440
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