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Re: [O] Making DocBook xml books from org mode?

From: Peter Davis
Subject: Re: [O] Making DocBook xml books from org mode?
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:17:02 -0400

Dear Joost,

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016, at 03:23 PM, Joost Kremers wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 29 2016, Peter Davis wrote:
> >
> >     but the PDFs I'm getting still look like articles. (I copied the
> >     above from some examples posted on this list a while ago. Thanks!)
> Your LaTeX_CLASS is set to `koma-article', so that makes sense.

Ah, yes! Thanks.

> >  2. Are there any advantages to considering MarkDown or AsciiDoc as
> >  opposed to org markup? (Again, my familiarity with org is a strong
> >  incentive here, but I'm willing to consider other options.)
> There is a (IMHO) excellent markdown-mode available on Melpa, and if you
> use Pandoc[1] to convert your documents you have a lot of flexibility.
> There's also `pandoc-mode' (of which I'm the author), a minor mode that
> makes interacting with pandoc from within Emacs easier.

Bravo! Thank you again.

> >  3. The direct route from org to DocBook xml seems to be missing. From
> >  what I gather, I can get there somehow via texi (but I don't even have
> >  that in org currently), or perhaps export to HTML and then convert that
> >  to db xml. Am I missing something? Is there some other route I should
> >  consider?
> Pandoc can convert to Docbook, so that might be an option. Note that
> Pandoc also converts *from* Org, (although it cannot handle all of Org's
> capabilities), so depending on your needs, that might be a way to go
> directly from Org to Docbook.

Thank you. I did succeed in exporting from org to texi, and then
makeinfo'ing that into a DocBook xml, though a bit of hand editing was

> >  4. [LONGSHOT] Is there any way to /import/ docbook xml into org mode?
> Pandoc also converts *from* Docbook, and can convert *to* Org, so again,
> that might be of help.
> Of course, whether Pandoc can be useful to you really depends on your
> needs. Pandoc's internal document representation is based on Markdown,
> and by its very nature Markdown is more limited in it capabilities than
> Org. In essence, anything that cannot be handled by (Pandoc's version
> of) Markdown, cannot be handled by Pandoc in other formats.

Thanks. Sounds like Pandoc should really be in my toolkit.




  Peter Davis

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