The Crash Course to DocBook

Chapter 2. Getting started

2.1. Presentation of the Tools

This section describes how to work with DocBook on Unix-like systems like Linux. If you unfortunately are working on some other operating system, you might need to gather and configure the needed tools by yourself or to buy a commercial solution.

The technology around DocBook evolves. In the past:

Now, on the contrary:

The tools used to process DocBook files have to keep up with this evolution. We will successively present the DocBook-tools (SGML/DSSSL technology) and XSLTProc/FOP (XML/XSL technology).


There is another distribution of SGML/DSSL tools named "SGML-Tools (Lite)". More information is available at