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       docbook2man-spec.pl - convert DocBook RefEntries to man pages

       sgmlspl docbook2man-spec.pl

       nsgmls [ sgml document ]| sgmlspl docbook2man-spec.pl

       docbook2man  is	a  sgmlspl spec file that produced man pages (using the -man macros) from
       DocBook RefEntry markup.

       The program reads ESIS produced by nsgmls (or other SGML  parsers)  from  standard  input.
       Markup not found in RefEntry is discarded.

       Its  output,  the  converted  man pages, are written to the current directory.  If RefMeta
       information is not specified in a RefEntry, then the man page will be written to  standard

       The  file  manpage.links  will also be created, which contains any aliases of the manpages
       generated.  This file is in the format:

       <man page> <alias

       The manpage.refs file keeps track of XRef references.  Note that if the input document has
       any  forward  references,  then	docbook2man  may have to be invoked twice (the first time
       updating manpage.refs) to resolve them.

       The SGMLSpm package from CPAN.  This package includes the  sgmlspl  script  that  is  also

       Trying  docbook2man  on	non-DocBook or non-conformant SGML results in undefined behavior.

       This program is a slow, dodgy Perl script.

       This program does not come close to supporting all the possible markup in DocBook, and may
       produce wrong output in some cases with supported markup.

       Obvious stuff:

       o Fix docbook2man breakages found in the test documents, especially weird.sgml.

       o Add new element handling and fix existing handling.  Be robust.

       o Produce  cleanest, readable man output as possible (unlike some other converters).  Fol-
	 low Linux man(7) convention.  As conversion to man pages is usually not done very often,
	 it  is better to be slower/more complicated than to produce wrong output.  Also if some-
	 one wants to give up using DocBook for whatever reason, the last-converted man pages can
	 then be maintained manually.

       o Make it faster. I think most of the speed problems so far is with parsing ESIS.  Rewrite
	 SGMLS.pm with C and/or get input directly from SP.

       o Support other (human) languages.  But what  to  do  with  non-ASCII  charsets?   SGMLSpm
	 doesn't  report  them	and roff does not grok them.  [Comment: text after enclosed lists
	 (and SS blocks) will break docbook2man] If we do this, more people can use DocBook.

       Copyright (C) 1998-1999 Steve Cheng <steve@ggi-project.org>

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the  GNU  General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either ver-
       sion 2, or (at your option) any later version.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program;
       see the file COPYING.  If not, please write to the Free Software Foundation, 675 Mass Ave,
       Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

					 11 February 2004		   DOCBOOK2MAN-SPEC.PL(1)
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