[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#400314: docbook-utils: docbook2html does not support special characters, e.g. German umlauts

Ronny Standtke Ronny.Standtke at gmx.net
Sat Nov 25 09:50:28 UTC 2006

Package: docbook-utils
Version: 0.6.14-1
Severity: normal

If you have German umlauts in a docbook the resulting html of docbook2html is garbage.

Here is a simple example:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE book PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.4//EN"
<book id="Umlaute" lang="de">
        <title>Deutsche Umlaute</title>
    <chapter id="umlaute">
        <title>Deutsche Umlaute</title>
            Deutsche Umlaute: ÄÖÜäöüß

If you save this file as Test.docbook and execute "docbook2html Test.docbook" openjade complains
about non SGML characters and the resulting html contains garbage instead of umlauts.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.17
Locale: LANG=de_CH.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_CH.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages docbook-utils depends on:
ii  docbook-dsssl            1.79-4          modular DocBook DSSSL stylesheets,
ii  jadetex                  3.13-7.1        generator of printable output from
ii  lynx                     2.8.5-2sarge2.1 Text-mode WWW Browser
ii  perl                     5.8.8-6.1       Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  sgmlspl                  1.03ii-31       SGMLS-based example Perl script fo
ii  sp                       1.3.4-1.2.1-47  James Clark's SGML parsing tools

Versions of packages docbook-utils recommends:
ii  docbook-xml                   4.4-5      standard XML documentation system,

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