6 January 1997
SUMMARY: DocBook Version 3.0 has been released and is now available
from the Davenport Group's Web site (accessible through
http://www.ora.com/davenport/index.html and ftp://ftp.ora.com/pub/davenport/).
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Some of the new and changed features of this version are as follows:
o Reworking of the bibliographic markup to make it more flexible and
o New retrieval metadata that applies to whole divisions: flat keywords,
hierarchical subject topics, and sets of index terms.
o New inline elements: ErrorCode, Prompt, and EnVar.
o Broadening of FuncSynopsis content.
o Broadening of Article content.
o Changeover to the SGML Open CALS full table model.
o New parameterization scheme for the Role attribute that makes it easier
to customize Role individually for each element.
Current DocBook users should note that a handful of planned
backwards-incompatible changes have been made. In general, these should
not adversely affect existing documents. Note also that comments have
been added to the DTD to reflect the planned backwards-incompatible
changes that will be made in V4.0 (no delivery date scheduled). There
is also a 40issues.txt file in the DocBook distribution that summarizes
these planned changes.
Maintainers and other DTD readers may want to take note of a few small
name changes that have been made to parameter entities; these may affect
existing customization layers.
Updated reference documentation for V3.0 is available; fully updated
maintenance and user's documentation is forthcoming.
You can download the files related to DocBook V3.0 from the following
(requires tar and uncompress)
Comments on DocBook are always welcome. You can send comments and
questions to the Davenport list (firstname.lastname@example.org), or directly
to the maintainers of DocBook, Terry Allen (email@example.com) and
Eve Maler (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you.