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DocBook seems to be nice, but is there a Tool that helps using it? I mean something that would instantly show how it looks or allows editing more easily by selecting a word and then hitting a button to format it somehow, or to enter a paragraph, a index, a footnote, whatever.

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Try dbkeditor. It's intended to help someone learn how to write docbooks XML format. It's not too fancy, but does help with some of the complexity. Runs as a standalone jar.

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This is super-barebones. For a more feature-rich editor with these features, there isn't a free alternative available. The most popular paid programs for visually editing Docbook are oXygen and XMetal. – Scribblemacher Oct 2 '15 at 18:06

Get Yelp. It opens Docbook files natively, renders them nicely, shows a browseable tree-view of the document on the left, and reloads instantly when you hit control-R.

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How would you author with this?? – DaveParillo Dec 3 '09 at 0:45
It's a viewer, not an editor. I assumed when he said "instantly show how it looks" I thought that's all he wanted. For editing, any XML editor will do. If you need WYSIWYG, then buy FrameMaker. – Ken Dec 3 '09 at 0:51

LyX is what you're looking for.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Diogo Aug 9 '12 at 20:21
It says nothing about docbook, only Tex, LaTex – Paul Taylor Aug 12 '12 at 23:25

Take a look at asciidoc. It's a simplified language that gives you access to most docbook features without needing to write directing in Docbook's verbose tag structure.

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The question is about docbook – PHPst Sep 21 '12 at 3:39
This answer actually is about Docbook. You can use asciidoc as a "front-end" language, instead of writing in Docbook directly. Re-reading the question though, this actually doesn't answer it, since it looks this was requesting a visual/wysiwyg-type editor. – Scribblemacher Oct 2 '15 at 18:04

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