How to cite this paper
Maloney, Murray. “Using DocBook5: To Produce PDF and ePub3 Books.” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2017, Washington, DC, August 1 - 4, 2017. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2017. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 19 (2017). https://doi.org/10.4242/BalisageVol19.Maloney01.
Balisage: The Markup Conference 2017
August 1 - 4, 2017
Balisage Paper: Using DocBook5
To Produce PDF and ePub3 Books
Murray Maloney is a technical writer by trade, an electronic technician by
training, a markup language expert by circumstance, and an inventor by
necessity. His areas of expertise are technical publishing and semantic markup.
He has been working with publishing systems since 1975, as a writer, editor,
publisher, hypertext system architect, typesetter, and quality advocate.
Copyright © 2017 Murray Maloney
Production notes from an academic book project designed
to yield variations of a single work in print, ePub, and PDF book forms, between
2012 and 2016. The work is a multi-disciplinary study of the art and science of
organizing. Murray contributed and edited content, participated in the design, and
He will talk about what they wanted to do, what they did
in each successive edition, what didn’t get done, what worked, what didn’t, what
they would do differently in retrospect, and what they would do the same, if they
had it to do over.
Table of Contents
The Discipline of Organizing is an academic work edited by UC Information School
Adjunct Professor, Robert J Glushko, with contributions from a diverse collection
educators and students around the world. Between 2010 and 2012, he assemble and
organized material from his course notes and slide decks, along with contributions
other professors and some graduate students. His goal was to produce an academic book
print and epub2 formats for publication by MIT Press. The first edition was published
MIT Press in 2013, in hard-cover print and ePub2 forms. The second through fourth
editions were published for O'Reilly Media. PDF format editions of the third and fourth
editions were made available for use for accessibility.
Murray Maloney joined the project in Spring of 2012, tasked with content editing.
Later in 2012, he assumed responsibility for producing the first edition print and
editions, using O'Reilly's Atlas system, which was subsequently used to produce an
ePub3-only edition in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Murray produced print and epub3 editions
using customized XSLT scripts created by Bob Stayton and further developed by Jirka
The associated PDF file [Bal2017MaloneyPRODNOTES.pdf] is an
elided version of Murray's Production notes. In its complete form, it was a hidden
chapter in the book. He relied upon this chapter to test formatting, copy-fitting,
floats, hypertext capabilities, The examples that illustrate DocBook5 input and XHTML5
output were intended primarily for the benefit of the production editor and the XSLT
wizards. Many figures and examples have been removed because they would not have worked