backend-spec - interface between jw and its backends

jw(1) calls backends like backends/html to do the "real" conversion work. The backend gets all necessary data delivered via environment variables ready to use.

This documentation describes those environment variables.

The backend is run in the directory where the output files are to be created. It should return 0 if there weren't any problem, and return a positive value otherwise.

The bare name of the source file
The full name and path of the source file
The name of the parser (usually Jade or OpenJade)
The full argument-string for Jade or OpenJade
The list of catalog files needed by Jade or OpenJade
The style sheet to use
The base directory of the SGML system (default is /usr/share/sgml)


Jochem Huhmann <>

11 February 2004