rtf output for DocBook files

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Location: Vancouver, Canada

rtf output for DocBook files

Thu Sep 11, 2003 10:23 pm

Is there an easy way to generate RTF files from DocBook documents?

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Location: South Africa

Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:35 am

Take a look Norm's processing diagram:

http://www.nwalsh.com/docbook/procdiagr ... gmlpub.png

This should give a broader context. The diagram only shows Jade as outputing RTF, but the XSL-FO route also enables RTF output.

RTF, like PDF output is a two step process XSL-FO > RTF.

Hint: Google for "xsl utility" if you are looking for a Java GUI tool.

Sean Wheller
Sean Wheller
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Location: Vancouver, Canada

Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:10 am

Thanks for the hint Sean.

I downloaded and installed XMLmind FO Converter, the Personal Edition is free, from:

The beauty is that you can install it in oXygene as an external FO processor and then you can generate RTF right from oXygene!

Apache FOP is also mentioning RTF, it seems that it is coming soon...

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Did this actually work properly for you?

Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:08 pm


Did this actually work properly for you? I get strange square brackets around headings, and the header/footer tables do not span the page, but are squat little blocks.

I checked the configuration as best as I could, and tried both with the existing JVM and the supplied one, but always get the same result.

Best wishes,

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Location: Vancouver, Canada

Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:38 pm


I just briefly tried the RTF generation on a very simple document and then I put it aside for now. I will have to get back to it later on when my application is getting close to completion.

I am assuming that you are having problems with the personal edition of the XML Mind FO Converter. They do have a mailing list where you could ask for help (in case you haven't done so already).

Sorry, but I have no suggestions regarding the issues you are running into.


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