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DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide
Fourth Edition


DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide (Fourth Edition) by Bob Stayton is the definitive guide to using the DocBook XSL stylesheets. It provides the missing documentation to realize the full potential of DocBook publishing. It covers all aspects of DocBook publishing tools, including installing, using, and customizing the stylesheets and processing tools.

With this book, you can:

  • Select the DocBook components that are appropriate for your needs and budget.
  • Set up and configure the tools for efficient processing of your documents.
  • Generate HTML and print output from the same DocBook files.
  • Customize your HTML and print output.
  • Discover and use advanced features of the DocBook stylesheets.

The book is suitable for new users just getting started, as well as more advanced users needing a complete reference. It is thoroughly indexed and cross referenced so you can quickly find what you need.

Now available in paperback

The Fourth edition is available in paperback from by clicking on one of the following links. (North America) (Britain) (France) (Germany)
Lehmanns Bookshop (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) (Japan)

Buyers of the paperback version are eligible to receive free electronic updates for one year after the date of purchase. The electronic updates are complete PDF versions of any new editions that appear during the year. That enables buyers of the paperback book to keep up to date as the stylesheets evolve. See the colophon at the end of the book for more information.

Because of the publishing arrangements, no discounts on the paperback Fourth Edition are available to purchasers of any PDF version. However, such purchasers can download the Fourth Edition PDF for free.

Fourth Edition expands coverage

The Fourth Edition of DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide was released in September 2007. This edtion is a significant upgrade over the Third Edition:

  • Updates coverage of the DocBook stylesheets to version 1.73.
  • Add coverage of tools for processing DocBook version 5 documents.
  • Updates coverage of the DocBook DTD to include features of version 4.5.
  • Adds 33% more content, including two new chapters on DocBook 5 and Revision Control, 61 new sections on many topics, and more customization examples.

See "Changes in the Fourth Edition" from the book's Preface to see what's new.

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Electronic Book

DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition, is available as a PDF book as well as paperback. The electronic form has several advantages over a traditional printed book:

  • You can search the entire book for key words.
  • You can cut and paste from examples into your stylesheet.
  • You can click to follow links to web resources.

The PDF book can no longer be purchased separately. However, any person who has purchased the paperback book is entitled to a free copy of the PDF version. Send an email with a request for the PDF version to bobs @