Industrial-Strength SGML: An Introduction to Enterprise Publishing

Charles F. Goldfarb Series on Open Information Management 

Prentice Hall PTR, 1997

ISBN 0-13-216243-1

out of print

Based on the author’s own experience as a pioneer user on a major scale of generalized markup concepts, and written under the demanding eye of the inventor of SGML, Charles F. Goldfarb, this book is intended for the decision-makers in an enterprise publishing operation who need to know what SGML is, what its applications are, and how it can be applied to resolution of the major issues facing in-house publishers today.

While no mention is made in this book of XML, most of it applies to XML as well as SGML. From a conceptual standpoint, the chief difference is that XML does not require the presence of a DTD for processing. This difference allows for dynamic document rendering in the demanding environment of the web.


  • Introduction
    • The Challenge to Enterprise Publishers: The new imperatives
  • SGML Concepts and Capabilities
    • Concepts of Generalized Markup: The message, in any medium
    • The Basics of SGML: Speaking the language
    • Entities and Information Reuse: Roll out the barrels
    • Additional Capabilities of SGML: A bag of tricks
    • Graphics and Other Non-SGML Objects: Lights, camera, action
    • SGML and Hypermedia: Navigating the charted seas
  • SGML Solutions: Application Design
    • Document Analysis: Finding the points of interest
    • Application Processing Programs: Oh, you wanted to publish it?
    • Data Bases and SGML: Making use of primary sources
    • Information Customization with SGML: Tailoring to fit
    • Information Presentation from SGML Source: The message finds a medium
  • Implementing SGML in Your Enterprise
    • Information Development and Maintenance: SGML and people
    • The Tools of the Trade: System components
    • Integrated SGML-based Systems: Putting it all together
    • Dealing with Legacy Documents: Conversion strategies
  • Appendices
    • A Snapshot of SGML Today
    • The History of SGML: A personal perspective
    • IBM BookMaster: An 18-year case study
  • Glossary
  • Index