docbook: 1.1RC & DocBook

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Subject: 1.1RC & DocBook
From: Charles Curley ####@####.####
Date: 20 Jul 2003 21:45:51 -0000
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I just hauled in and installed on a test computer 1.1RC
(hereafter OOo). The Linux is Red Hat 8.0 with security updates. My
main interest is in the DocBook export filter, which has seen some
discussion on the LDP lists.

I wrote a very simple test document in OOo's native format. It had
some headers and a few paragraphs of text in it. OOo exported what
nsgmls considers a valid document.

nsgmls -wxml -s /usr/share/sgml/xml.dcl Test.xml
nsgmls:/usr/share/sgml/xml.dcl:1:W: SGML declaration was not implied

SGML validation finished at Sun Jul 20 15:10:41

A few notes:

* To be able to export to DocBook, you must have a Java runtime
  environment (JRE) installed and registered with OOo. If you don't
  already have one installed or have one registered with OOo, you can
  do that after you have installed OOo. To register a JRE with an
  installed instance of OOo, shut down OOo and use the program
  /opt/OpenOffice.org1.1/program/jvmsetup to register it.

  Contrary to the OOo documentation, the Linux OOo did not come with a
  JRE. I got one from Sun.

* The exported file has lots of empty lines. My 54 line exported file
  had 5 lines of actual XML code.

* There was no effort at pretty printing.

* The header is:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE article PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN" "">

* The pull-down menu in the "Save As" dialog box for file format
  indicates that the export format is "DocBook (simplified)." There is
  no explanation of what that "simplified" indicates. Does OOo export
  a subset of DocBook? If so, which elements are ignored? Is there any
  way to enter any of them manually?

* There is NO documentation on the DocBook export filter or whether
  OOo will import it again. Tch, tch.

Conclusions: OOo 1.1RC is worth looking at if you want a word
processor for preparing DocBook documents.

However, I hope they cure the lack of documentation. For one thing, it
would be nice to know which native OOo styles map to which DocBook
elements. It would also be nice to know how to map one's own OOo
styles to DocBook elements.


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<type 'exceptions.IOError'>
Python 2.5.2: /usr/bin/python
Sun Dec 10 13:50:23 2023

A problem occurred in a Python script. Here is the sequence of function calls leading up to the error, in the order they occurred.

 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/<string> in ()
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in main()
  425         if path is not None:
  426                 main_path(path)
  427         else:
  428                 main_form()
global main_form = <function main_form at 0x97f4ca4>
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in main_form()
  378         except ImportError:
  379                 die(ctxt, "Invalid command")
  382 def main():
module = <module 'commands.showmsg' from '/opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/commands/showmsg.pyc'>, = <function do at 0x97fcb54>, global ctxt = {'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/commands/ in do(ctxt={'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'})
   18         write(html('msg-pager') % ctxt)
   19         write('<hr>')
   20         sub_showmsg(ctxt, ctxt[MSGNUM])
   21         write('<hr>')
   22         write(html('msg-pager') % ctxt)
global sub_showmsg = <function sub_showmsg at 0x97f4224>, ctxt = {'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, global MSGNUM = 'msgnum'
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in sub_showmsg(ctxt={'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, msgnum=470)
  229         format_timestamp(ctxt, ctxt)
  230         write(html('msg-header') % ctxt)
  231         rec_showpart(ctxt, msg, 0)
  232         write(html('msg-footer') % ctxt)
  233         ctxt.pop()
global rec_showpart = <function rec_showpart at 0x97f41ec>, ctxt = {'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, msg = <email.message.Message instance at 0x9851c8c>
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in rec_showpart(ctxt={'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, part=<email.message.Message instance at 0x9851c8c>, partnum=1)
  205                 else:
  206                         for p in part.get_payload():
  207                                 partnum = rec_showpart(ctxt, p, partnum+1)
  208         else:
  209                 write(html('msg-sep') % ctxt)
partnum = 1, global rec_showpart = <function rec_showpart at 0x97f41ec>, ctxt = {'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, p = <email.message.Message instance at 0x9851ccc>
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in rec_showpart(ctxt={'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, part=<email.message.Message instance at 0x9851ccc>, partnum=2)
  208         else:
  209                 write(html('msg-sep') % ctxt)
  210                 sub_showpart(ctxt, part)
  211         return partnum
global sub_showpart = <function sub_showpart at 0x97f417c>, ctxt = {'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, part = <email.message.Message instance at 0x9851ccc>
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in sub_showpart(ctxt={'cmd': 'showmsg', 'threadidx': 0, 'HTTP_X_FORWA...set': 'utf-8', 'HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING': 'br,gzip'}, part=<email.message.Message instance at 0x9851ccc>)
  164         type = ctxt[TYPE] = part.get_content_type()
  165         ctxt[FILENAME] = part.get_filename()
  166         template = html('msg-' + type.replace('/', '-'))
  167         if not template:
  168                 template = html('msg-' + type[:type.find('/')])
global template = <function template at 0x97eced4>, global html = <function html at 0x97ecf0c>, type = 'application/pgp-signature', type.replace = <built-in method replace of str object at 0x9858100>
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in html(name='msg-application-pgp-signature')
   41 def html(name):
   42         return template(name + '.html')
   44 def xml(name):
global template = <function template at 0x97eced4>, name = 'msg-application-pgp-signature'
 /opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20/ in template(filename='msg-application-pgp-signature.html')
   31         except IOError:
   32                 if not _template_zipfile:
   33                         _template_zipfile = zipfile.ZipFile(sys.argv[0])
   34                 try:
   35                         f =
global _template_zipfile = None, global zipfile = <module 'zipfile' from '/usr/lib/python2.5/zipfile.pyc'>, zipfile.ZipFile = <class zipfile.ZipFile at 0x9782aac>, global sys = <module 'sys' (built-in)>, sys.argv = ['-c', '/opt/ezmlm-browse-0.20']
 /usr/lib/python2.5/ in __init__(self=<zipfile.ZipFile instance at 0x98019cc>, file='-c', mode='r', compression=0, allowZip64=False)
  337             self.filename = file
  338             modeDict = {'r' : 'rb', 'w': 'wb', 'a' : 'r+b'}
  339             self.fp = open(file, modeDict[mode])
  340         else:
  341             self._filePassed = 1
self = <zipfile.ZipFile instance at 0x98019cc>, self.fp = None, builtin open = <built-in function open>, file = '-c', modeDict = {'a': 'r+b', 'r': 'rb', 'w': 'wb'}, mode = 'r'

<type 'exceptions.IOError'>: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '-c'
      args = (2, 'No such file or directory')
      errno = 2
      filename = '-c'
      message = ''
      strerror = 'No such file or directory'