1. Latest Versions of DocBook Schemas
Since July, 1998, the DocBook Technical Committee of
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards) at
has been responsible for the advancement and maintenance of the DocBook
schemas, including any schemas from a subcommittee that are approved by
the DocBook Technical Committee.
The latest releases of DocBook can be obtained from the official
DocBook home page at
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/. All normative versions
of the DocBook standard, including derivatives like the Publisher’s
schema, are available at this site.
Information about the most commonly used, non-normative
customizations of the DocBook schema, such as Simplified DocBook and
DocBook Website, can be found at
The only schemas that are considered normative standards are those that have been approved through the OASIS process by the DocBook Technical Committee.
2. DocBook and XML Resources on the Web
The following websites and lists are excellent starting places for information about DocBook and XML:
- The most recent version of this book
The most recent online version of this book can be found at
- DocBook mailing lists
This list is for general questions, comments, and discussion about DocBook, including questions about the schemas, syntax, semantics, and markup.
An archive is maintained at:
This list is for questions, comments, and discussion about implementing DocBook, including questions about formatting, processing, using the stylesheets, and editing.
An archive is maintained at:
You can subscribe to either list at:
- DocBook stylesheets
The DocBook stylesheets are a set of stylesheets for use with an XSLT engine like xsltproc or Saxon. The stylesheets can transform DocBook XML documents (including documents using DocBook 5.0 and earlier versions) into output formats like HTML, PDF, various help formats, and the ePub ebook format. The stylesheets are open source software maintained by the DocBook community.
- DocBook Wiki
The DocBook Wiki contains a wide variety of DocBook information, from FAQs to lists of consultants.
- Robin Cover’s “Cover Pages”
A large list of XML resources:
Newsgroup devoted to XML issues. This newsgroup can be accessed through Google Groups at:
A good XML FAQ is available at
XML.com, run by O’Reilly Media, is a site devoted to news and information about XML.
3. Introductory Material on the Web
These documents provide a good starting place for learning about XML.
[XML-Tech] . “A Technical Introduction to XML.” February 1998, http://nwalsh.com/docs/articles/xml/.
4. References and Technical Notes on the Web
[XML-CAT] XML Catalogs: OASIS Standard V1.1. Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), 2005-10-07, http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/14809/xml-catalogs.html. , ed.
[CALS] CALS Table Model. Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), 1995-11-21, OASIS Technical Research Paper 9501:1995, http://www.oasis-open.org/html/a501.htm. , ed. Table Interoperability: Issues for the
[calsdtd] CALS Table Model Document Type Definition. Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), 1995-10-19, OASIS Technical Memorandum TM 9502:1995, http://www.oasis-open.org/html/a502.htm. , ed.
[cals-xchg] 1996-05-08, OASIS Technical Resolution TR 9503:1995, http://www.oasis-open.org/specs/a503.htm. , ed. Exchange Table Model Document Type Definition. Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS),
[TGN] Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online. J. Paul Getty Trust, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn.
5. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendations
[HTML] HTML 4.01 Specification. World Wide Web Consortium, 1999-12-24, , et al., ed. http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/.
[MathML] MathML) Version 2.0. Second Edition, World Wide Web Consortium, 2003-10-21, , et al., ed. Mathematical Markup Language (http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML/.
[XLink] XML Linking Language (XLink) Version 1.0. World Wide Web Consortium, 2001-06-27, http://www.w3.org/TR/xlink/. , ed.
[XML] XML) 1.0. Fifth Edition, World Wide Web Consortium, 2008-11-26, http://www.w3.org/TR/xml. , et al., ed. Extensible Markup Language (
[XML-ID] 2005-09-09, http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-id/. , et al., ed. xml:id Version 1.0. World Wide Web Consortium,
[XML-NS] XML. Third Edition, World Wide Web Consortium, 2009-12-08, http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-names/. , et al., ed. Namespaces in
[XPath] XML Path Language (XPath) 2.0. World Wide Web Consortium, 2007-01-23, http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath20/. , et al., ed.
[XQuery] XQuery 1.0: An XML Query Language. World Wide Web Consortium, 2007-01-23, http://www.w3.org/TR/xquery/. , et al., ed.
[XSLT-1] XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 1.0. World Wide Web Consortium, 1999-12-16, http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt. , ed.
[XSLT-2] XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0. World Wide Web Consortium, 2007-01-23, http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/. , ed.
6. Related Standards
[DCMI] Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, Version 1.1. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, January 2008, http://dublincore.org/documents/dces/. Now also an ISO standard: ISO 15836:2009.
[Unicode] December 2009, http://www.unicode.org/standard/standard.html. , et al., ed. The Unicode Standard Version 5.2.0. The Unicode Consortium,
7. Internet RFCs
[RFC-1630] . Universal Resource Identifiers in WWW. Network Working Group, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), June 1994, http://www.apps.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1630.html.
[RFC-1736] Functional Recommendations for Internet Resource Locators. Network Working Group, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), February 1995, http://www.apps.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1736.html.
[RFC-1737] Functional Requirements for Uniform Resource Names. Network Working Group, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), December 1994, http://www.apps.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1737.html.
[RFC-1738] . Uniform Resource Locators (URL). Network Working Group, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), December 1994, http://www.apps.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1738.html.
[RFC-3066] Tags for the Identification of Languages. Network Working Group, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), December 1994, http://www.apps.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3066.html.
8. Books and Printed Resources
[Fitz04] 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools. Sebastopol, CA:O’Reilly, July 2004, ISBN: 978-0596007119. . XML Hacks:
[Harold03] 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your XML. Boston:Addison-Wesley, October 2003, ISBN: 978-0321150400. . Effective XML:
[Harold04] Sebastopol, CA:O’Reilly, October 2003, ISBN: 978-0596007645. . XML in a Nutshell.
[Kay08] Indianapolis, IN:Wrox, May 2008, ISBN: 978-0470192740. . XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer’s Reference.
[Maler95] From Text to Model to Markup. Prentice Hall, December 1995, ISBN: 978-0596004200. This book is out of print. However, the information on document schema modeling is still relevant and has not been superseded to date. Although the book is out of print, the authors have made an online version available at: http://www.xmlgrrl.com/publications/DSDTD/index.html. . Developing SGML DTDs:
[Ray03] Second Edition, Sebastopol, CA:O’Reilly, September 2003, ISBN: 978-0596004200. . Learning XML.
[Stayton07] Sagehill Enterprises, 2007, ISBN: 978-0974152134. The essential guide to the DocBook XSL stylesheets. . DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide. Fourth Edition,
[Tidwell08] XSLT. Second Edition, Sebastopol, CA:O’Reilly, June 2008, ISBN: 978-0596527211. .
[Vlist03] Sebastopol, CA:O’Reilly, July 2003, ISBN: 978-0596004217. . RELAX NG.
9. XML Tools
Here is information about some of the tools mentioned in this book. If you are running Linux, you may be able to load some of these tools using a package manager like Synaptic, yum, or apt. Needless to say, this is not a comprehensive list; there are other capable tools available. However, these are a good starting place.
- RELAX NG
A variety of tools that support RELAX NG can be found at:
http://relaxng.org/. These include:
An open source program that is a companion to Jing, Trang converts between various XML schema languages. It supports both compact and XML syntax for RELAX NG, XML 1.0 DTDs, and W3C XML Schemas, though it only supports W3C XML Schemas for output.
- EMACS nXML mode
This is an open source addon for emacs that supports syntax-directed editing using a RELAX NG compact mode schema. It validates as you type and will show you at any point what the valid set of elements, attributes, and attribute values is. It also supports automatic completion of partially typed elements, attributes, and attribute values.
Saxon is an XSLT processor. The basic processor is available as an open source product, and there are also commercial versions that offer additional features. The latest versions of Saxon support both XSLT 1.0 and 2.0.
- <oXygen/> XML Editor
The <oXygen/> XML Editor is a popular commercial editor. The latest versions support DocBook V5.0, including both the RELAX NG and Schematron rules. It is also integrated with the DocBook stylesheets.
- XMLmind XML Editor (XXE)
The XMLmind XML Editor is a popular commercial editor that comes in two varieties, a personal edition and a professional edition. The personal edition is free for non-commercial use. Both versions support DocBook V5.0.