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Bob Stayton
  • Bob Stayton is the principal consultant with Sagehill Enterprises, an independent center for DocBook development and implementation.
  • Bob has been engaged in computer-based publishing since 1980, starting with WordStar and a daisy wheel printer, progressing to desktop publishing and laser printers, and now implementing XML-based publishing systems for multiple output formats.
  • As Architect of Technical Publications at The SCO Group from 1989 to 2003, Bob designed and implemented computer-based publishing systems for technical documentation. He also designed and implemented the industry's first shipping online help system based on HTML (1995).
  • Bob works with technical writers and documentation managers to create systems that really work. He feels technical writers should concentrate on writing and technical accuracy, not on struggling to produce properly formatted output. A properly designed publishing system should handle all the production steps.
  • Bob is a member of OASIS, and is Chairperson of the DocBook Technical Committee that develops and maintains the DocBook schema standard.
  • Bob is a member of the technical team for the DocBook Open Repository Project on SourceForge and GitHub that develops the stylesheets and other tools.
  • Bob is a frequent contributor to the docbook-apps mailing list, especially on the subject of DocBook XSL.
  • Bob has been involved with DocBook since its beginning in 1991 as a member of the Davenport Group.
  • Bob is the author of DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide.
  • Bob is a member of the Independent Computer Consultants Association.