Errata for DocBook: The Definitive Guide

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Errata for the first edition

  • The XSL stylesheet in Example 4-4 has out-dated namespace URIs

    The XSL WG changed the URI before going to Proposed Recommendation. The correct URIs are now as follows:

    <xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl=""

    Fixed in online version 1.0.2.

  • In Figure 5-1, the “Z” in “dbhierZ.redecl” should be a numeral “2”.

    Fixed in online version 1.0.2.

  • In Example 4-6, “bold” should read “strong”.

    The line that reads:

    <emphasis role=bold>This</emphasis> paragraph contains

    Should read:

    <emphasis role=strong>This</emphasis> paragraph contains

    Fixed in online version 1.0.2.

  • In Section, the examples for case and cond are missing several closing parentheses.

    The text should read as follows. Note the additional closing parenthesis at the end of each intermediate constant/condition clause:


    case selects from among several alternatives:

    (case expression
      ((constant1) (expression1))
      ((constant2) (expression2))
      ((constant3) (expression3))
      (else else-expression))

    The value of the expression is compared against each of the constants in turn and the expression associated with the first matching constant is evaulated.


    cond also selects from among several alternatives, but the selection is performed by evaluating each expression:

      ((condition1) (expression1))
      ((condition2) (expression2))
      ((condition3) (expression3))
      (else else-expression))

    The value of each conditional is calculated in turn. The expression associated with the first condition that is true is evaluated.

    Fixed in online version 1.0.2.

  • Remove the “de” in the French example preceding Table 4-1.

    Fixed in online version 1.0.2.