[Typo3-typo3org] documentation.typo3.org

Robert Lemke robert at typo3.org
Wed Apr 13 22:42:31 CEST 2005

On Wednesday 13 April 2005 21:38, Peter Niederlag wrote:
> Peter Kindström schrieb:
> > Hi list,
> > We had a little discussion about the DocBook format for Typo3 in
> > the documentation list. We did not come to any conclusion, but I
> > think:
> > - Right now OOo is a better choice
> +++1
> I spent so much time looking for easy WYSWYG editors for Docbook =>
> result: none.
> Morpheus seemed to be a pretty nice and promising solution which is not
> developed any further.
> I think the huge amount of docs available right now is in no way
> possible with anything else but OO.org.

In my opinion we should find a solution for the documentation site with OO.org 
as the source and if that works, like Peter K. said, maybe in 1 year from 
now, we can maybe switch to DocBook.

The question which remains always when we think about a combination of tools 
like timtaw, DocBook and the Documents Suite is: What format is capable of 
handling all our needs? Just imagine these examples workflows / situations:

  - Write a manual in Open Office, upload to TYPO3.org, the TDR converts it to
    PDF and  HTML
  - Edit an existing manual in the backend by editing ordinary content 
    elements, export to Open Office and DocBook
  - Import content from a MS Word file into the TYPO3 page tree, edit one 
    chapter in the frontend by using the timtaw wiki, export the document
    into PDF and MS Word
  - Write a manual by using the (non-existing) DocBook Editor Backend Module,
    export to HTML, PDF and some custom XML by using XSLT
  - ...

There are many ways to work with documents and my never answered question 
since a two years now is: What format should we use internally so we don't 
loose the semantics while converting between the different formats we need?

I still think that the combination of Documents Suite, timtaw, TYPO3 BE 
editing and DocBook is a killer feature - if we find an interchange format. 
Maybe it's some XML application like the OASIS Open Office 2.0? DocBook? 

Robert Lemke
Assessor - TYPO3 Association

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