DocBook files to TXT

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DocBook files to TXT

Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:33 am

Hey there,

I have some simple content (no tables, no figures) in DocBook that I currently transform to PDF.

Now, I have a requirement to transform to a plain text file, as well.

Any pointers for doing this in Oxygen 16 using transformation scenarios?

(I've found a few comments about doing this, but mostly very old comments.)

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Re: DocBook files to TXT

Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:49 am


You could copy all visible content in Author mode (Ctrl+A in Author mode for Select All and Ctrl+C for Copy), create a new file of TEXT type (Ctrl+N, type "text" in the New dialog) and paste the copied content in the TEXT file (Ctrl+V for Paste). This copy and paste operation will remove all XML tags and keep only the text content of the DocBook XML document.

I think this is almost the same as running the following XSLT stylesheet over the DocBook XML document:

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<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="" version="1.0">
    <xsl:template match="text()[string-length(normalize-space()) = 0]">
    <xsl:template match="@*"/>

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Re: DocBook files to TXT

Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:55 pm

Thank you, Sorin!

Nice and simple, and does exactly what I want.


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