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DocBook is a very popular set of tags for describing books, articles, and other prose documents, particularly technical documentation. DocBook provides a vast number of semantic element tags, divided into three broad categories: structural, block-level, and inline. DocBook content can then be published in a variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, WebHelp, and EPUB.

File Definition

A file is considered to be a DocBook 5 document when the namespace is http://docbook.org/ns/docbook.

Default Document Templates

There are a variety of default DocBook 5 templates available when creating new documents from templates and they can be found in: Framework Templates > DocBook 5 > DocBook 5.0 and Framework Templates > DocBook 5 > DocBook 5.1.

New file templates for both DocBook 5 documents are located in the [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/templates/Docbook5.0 folder.

New file templates for both DocBook 5.1 documents are located in the [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/templates/Docbook5.1 folder.

Default Schema for Validation and Content Completion

The default schema that is used if one is not detected is docbookxi.rng and it is stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/5.0/rng/ (or for DocBook 5.1 in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/5.1/rng/). Other types of schemas for various DocBook versions are also located in various folders inside the [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/ directory.

Default CSS

The default CSS files used for rendering DocBook content in Author mode is stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/docbook/css/.

By default, these default CSS files are merged with any that are specified in the document. For more information, see Configuring and Managing Multiple CSS Styles.

Transformation Scenarios

Oxygen XML Editor includes numerous built-in DocBook transformation scenarios that allow you to transform DocBook 5 documents to a variety of outputs, such as WebHelp, PDF, HTML, HTML Chunk, XHTML, XHTML Chunk, EPUB, and Assembly (5.1). For more information, see the DocBook 5 Transformation Scenarios section.