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title="Convert NetBSD documentation from DocBook to asciidoc"



NetBSD has large amounts of documentation in XML DocBook: the Guide, the pkgsrc Guide, large parts of the website.

asciidoc is a much nicer, friendlier format than XML. It preserves the same advantages as DocBook: easy conversion to PDF and other formats for book distribution, and rich semantics.

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There is a tool for converting DocBook to asciidoc, but it is likely not perfect, and output will require manual adjustment:

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asciidoc itself can also output DocBook. We might leverage this so we can convert the website step-by-step, and keep the existing templates.

This project will require careful adjustment of build systems in the htdocs repository and those used by the pkgsrc guide.

A working proposal should demonstrate _one_ page (of the website, pkgsrc guide, or NetBSD guide), converted to asciidoc and hooked up to the build system, integrated, with reasonable looking output.



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