Part 2: Top 6 books for people starting XML/SGML publishing projects

Updated 2016: Since this list was put together, we’ve published several books about Arbortext that are available on Amazon in print and ePub. The books cover everything about configuring, authoring, styling, publishing, and managing content in Arbortext.

This is part two of a four-part series.

I have never found the one book that describes how to put it all together. These are the top 5 books, I’d recommend to anyone starting a single-sourcing project. They’re a selection of books from both sides of the issue: the writing side and the programming side. Together, they begin to bring any project into focus.

  1. The XML Handbook (2nd Edition) – Charles Goldfarb & Paul Prescod – All about XML.
  2. Definitive XSLT and XPath – G. Ken Holman – This is the ultimate xlst & xpath book.
  3. Definitive XSL-FO – G. Ken Holman – The authority for learning XSL-FO
  4. Developing SGML DTDs: From Text to Model to Markup – Eve Maler & Jeanne El Andaloussi – Although this book is written about SGML, the basics for data modeling are all here and apply to XML projects as much as to SGML projects. This is a great basic data modeling beginner’s book.
  5. Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation – Kurt Ament – An excellent book for people staring single-sourcing projects. How to plan and implement as well as how to handle the inevitable staff issues.
  6. Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture Arbortext Edition – JoAnn Hackos – Procedures and Examples in this book use Arbortext Editor (no longer available)

Read the complete series:

  1. Resources for Single-Sourcing Projects
  2. Top 6 book choices
  3. Top 12 online topic-specific resources
  4. Top 4 resources for Arbortext users.