Appendix A. Examples

Table of Contents
A.1. DocBook book
A.2. DocBook article
A.3. Producing Formatted Output

This appendix contains example XML files and the commands to convert them from one output format to another. After installing the Documentation Project tools (see Section 2.1, “Required Tools”), these examples can be used directly.

These examples are not exhaustive—they do not contain all the elements that might be desirable to use, particularly in a document's front matter. For more examples of DocBook markup, examine the XML source for this and other documents available in the svn doc repository, or available online starting at

To avoid confusion, these examples use the standard DocBook 4.1 DTD rather than the FreeBSD extension. They also use the stock stylesheets distributed by Norm Walsh, rather than any customizations made to those stylesheets by the FreeBSD Documentation Project. This makes them more useful as generic DocBook examples.

A.1. DocBook book

Example A.1. DocBook book
<!DOCTYPE book PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.2//EN"

<book lang='en'>
    <title>An Example Book</title>

      <firstname>Your first name</firstname>
      <surname>Your surname</surname>

      <holder>Copyright string here</holder>

      <para>If your book has an abstract then it should go here.</para>


    <para>Your book may have a preface, in which case it should be placed

    <title>My First Chapter</title>

    <para>This is the first chapter in my book.</para>

      <title>My First Section</title>

      <para>This is the first section in my book.</para>

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