Ubuntu wishes to maintain a version of the Debian Policy Manual that is specific to Ubuntu. To make this easier, it would be convenient for the DPM to be marked up using DocBook rather than debiandoc-sgml. This spec proposes that Ubuntu do the conversion for Debian and work with Debian to get the new markup accepted.

Release Note

This spec has no direct end-user impact.


The debiandoc-sgml markup language was designed in the mid-1990s, when DocBook was not yet well-known. It is a fairly restricted markup language, and using DocBook would allow more flexiblity. Ubuntu wants to use some of that flexibility to more easily maintain a version of the document for itself. Debian has not been in a hurry to do the conversion, but Ubuntu might help by doing the grunt-work.


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