dbtroff 071005

dbtroff software converts DocBook to PDF using troff.
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dbtroff software converts DocBook to PDF using troff.

dbtroff uses XSLT, Heirloom troff, and Ghostscript to convert DocBook documents to PDF or PostScript. It allows one to flexibly customize the layout of the generated output: Page definitions in the troff language define the general appearance, and processing instructions within the DocBook text allow to vary the formatting at individual places. Thus, dbtroff combines the versatility of the DocBook format with the typographical capabilities of troff.

dbtroff provides automatic page element positioning to avoid typographical artifacts like “widows”. Full-width and inline pictures can be included and are also automatically positioned.

Currently, only a rather restricted subset of DocBook 4.3 is supported.

This program has originally been developed by Collax, Inc., to produce the PDF manuals for its server products. In October 2007, Collax has been so kind to release the code under the GPL, version 2.

Usage: ./dbtroff [-dNQ] [-f troff-flags] [-F dpost-flags] [-i include.tr] [-l {de|en}] [-o output.pdf] [-p output.ps] [-P pagedefinition.tr] [-t title.tr] [input.xml]

last updated on:
October 17th, 2007, 11:05 GMT
developed by:
Gunnar Ritter
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Text Editing&Processing \ Markup
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