The DocBook software runs only under the Linux operating system.
Also, the process of document creation is much,
much easier with a validating XML editor.
For an emacs-based validating XML
editor, see XML
document authoring with emacs
nxml-mode. If all else fails,
you can always use a regular text editor, but you will have to
type every character of every tag yourself.
The make system is a great timesaver
in carrying out the steps of the DocBook document development
cycle. Refer to the
man page for
make if you are not familiar with
Here is the procedure for setting up your directory:
Create the directory with
if it does not already exist.
cd command to move to
See Section 2, “Relevant online files” and download
to the current directory.
Invent a name for your DocBook file that ends in
.xml, and rename
as that file.
For example, if your document is about dust abatement, you
might call it
dust.xml. The rename
command for this example would be:
mv model.xml dust.xml
make-basic file as
mv make-basic Makefile
Makefile, find this line:
BASENAME = your-document-base-name-here
and replace the part after the “
=” with the
name you gave your document in the previous step, without
For the example in the previous step, this line would now read:
BASENAME = dust
You will develop your document by editing the
.xml file as described in later sections.