DocBook is an XML/SGML vocabulary particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software (though it is by no means limited to these applications).

In short it is a system that greatly simplifies the writing of technical documentation and its rendering on the paper or on paper. I work daily with it, so besides the documents I write about it, you'll find here additional stuff about DocBook.

DocBook Starter Kit

It's not always easy to start up with DocBook. I provide here a detailed procedure accompanying some sample documents and stylesheets so that a beginner could write his first documents in minutes. It has been written to work on the Mandrake Linux system but should work on other Linux distributions. Just download the file, uncompress it and follow README instructions.

The DocBook Starter Kit