What is DocBook

  • XML based format which is particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software

  • can store not only a documentation, but also general books and articles, web-sites, slides, thesis, …

  • open and platform neutral

  • stable—DocBook is used and developed since 1991 (formerly as an SGML application)

  • standardized—DocBook development is done under OASIS

  • DocBook users: software vendors (Novell, Sun, HP, RedHat), publishing houses (O'Reilly), open-source projects (Linux, FreeBSD, PHP, …)