[TOS] Textbook / Mediawiki / Docbook

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Mar 17 15:39:28 UTC 2010


On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 10:46:29AM -0400, David Nalley wrote:
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> On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM, Greg DeKoenigsberg  wrote:
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> > Need some advice from docbook gurus.
> >
> > Are there scripts that take Mediawiki content and pump it straight into
> > Docbook?  And if so, how expensive is it to run such a set of scripts over
> > our current version of the textbook?  Is it the kind of thing where we
> > could be doing "nigtly build" equivalents, or is it really the kind of
> > thing we need to do once at the end?
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> Short answer - not really - or at least nothing I know about.
> 
> Within Fedora Docs we start with Release Notes, and a group does the
> manual work of setting up chapters, sections, etc, and then gradually
> adds tags.
> 
> Perhaps a weekend hackfest with some DocBook types (Jared Smith seems
> to turn around stuff like this in amazing time) can get  together and
> start this work.

The python-mwlib package does have a converter script which will
produce valid DocBook.  The output usually has to be tuned by hand but
it's somewhat of a time saver.

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